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Sox, Teahen agree to three-year deal; arbitration avoided
By Mike Spellman | Daily Herald Staff

Kansas City Royals infielder Mark Teahen will play third for the White Sox now that GM Kenny Williams said the team will shift Gordon Beckham to second after trading for Teahen.


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Published: 12/8/2009 12:02 PM | Updated: 12/8/2009 6:22 PM

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It's fair to say new White Sox third baseman Mark Teahen is one pumped-up guy.

Not only did he just agree to a three-year deal worth $14 million with the Sox, but he will head to spring training with a team he believes will be competitive, something that wasn't always the case in his years with the Royals.

"In Kansas City it was always hoping that every piece would fall into place," Teahen said. "This is the first time in my career where guys don't have to overachieve to be successful.

"I'm pumped up. I was pumped with the trade, and I'm pumped now."

White Sox general manager Kenny Williams is happy to have Teahen locked up for a few years.

"This was, again, someone that we targeted," Williams said. "We felt that Mark would fit into our overall equation, and it was never meant to be something that was a quick fix or a short-term thing.

"Now we've got a little stability all around the infield. We believe that he's going to produce and produce in a greater way than he ever has and going to have more fun than he ever has. The city of Chicago should probably get used to him."

"He's a third baseman. He's good. We like him. He can play the position."

By signing the deal, Teahen, who was acquired from Kansas City for Chris Getz and Josh Field, avoids the arbitration process.

He had been eligible for free agency after the 2011 season.

"Them making a three-year commitment is nice," Teahen said. "It's nice to have it all wrapped up. Now I can look forward to playing baseball."

Teahen will get $3.75 million in 2010, $4.75 million in 2011 and $5.5 million in 2012.

"It was about getting security, knowing I'd be there three years," he said.

This year with the Royals, Teahen hit .271 with 12 home runs and 50 RBI in 144 games.

• Sports Writer Bruce Miles contributed to this report.