ATLANTA—With Jose Contreras agreeing to a three-year, $29 million extension Saturday and all five White Sox starters signed through 2007, general manager Ken Williams knows what to expect next.
"With Brandon's [McCarthy] development, the most obvious question is what happens next year," Williams said.
And the answer is "We'll see what happens throughout the course of this season and make our determination as we move forward in the off-season."
McCarthy, in his first full big-league season, is the odd-man out this year, and Williams said he didn't expect to trade any of his starters. In fact, he can't trade Contreras and Jon Garland until next winter because their new contracts include a full season with a no-trade clause.
For McCarthy, that could mean a long apprenticeship because Contreras, Garland, Mark Buehrle, Freddy Garcia and Javier Vazquez are locked up through the 2007 season.
Williams said he would talk to McCarthy "just to let him know going into [next] off-season, if we even do come back with all six, I would think it would be a little more open competition for the five spots."
"Having what is considered an excess [of pitching] is not necessarily a bad thing." Williams said, adding his pitchers' arms would be extended by a second straight postseason appearance.
Contreras, 34, was the star of last postseason, pitching the opener of each of the three playoff series and going 3-1. The right-hander was 11-2 with a 2.96 ERA after the All-Star break.
"I'm happy I'm going to stay with this team," Contreras said Saturday before the White Sox wrapped up spring training against Atlanta. "I wanted to get it done before the season so I could focus on the season and get rid of any trade rumors."
Hot and not
Like most hitters, Jim Thome doesn't like to talk about a hot streak. And he is on a streak that is beyond hot, ending spring training Saturday with his eighth homer in the last seven games.
"There are times you go through these streaks," he said. "But it's never as easy [as it looks]. I just hope it carries over [into the season]."
On the other hand, Tadahito Iguchi ended spring with a .181 batting average. He also didn't want to talk much about his hitting or his shift back to the No. 2 spot in the order.
"I don't believe there's much difference where you bat in the order," he said through a translator. "It's just how you feel."
So how does his stroke feel?
"Back to normal," he said.
Scott Podsednik (strained adductor) got three at-bats in a simulated game in Tucson and left afterward for Chicago, where he is expected to be in Sunday's starting lineup. Catcher Chris Widger sprained his left ankle Sunday and was removed from the game, but it is not believed to be serious. As expected, the Sox finalized their 25-man roster by putting reliever Dustin Hermanson on the disabled list and signing lefty Boone Logan to a major-league contract.