Ramirez to get salary increase from White Sox

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Chicago - Alexei Ramirez expectedly opted out of his $1.1 million contract for the 2011 season on Wednesday, though the Chicago White Sox still own his rights through the 2013 season.

The move simply guarantees a salary increase for the slick-fielding Ramirez, who could have his $2.75 million option for 2011 picked up by the club or enter into his first year of arbitration.

Ramirez, 29, topped all American League shortstops in batting average (.282), slugging percentage (.431), home runs (18) and total bases (252).

In three big-league seasons covering 440 games, Ramirez has hit .283 with decent power -- 54 home runs, .430 slugging percentage -- to go along with 40 steals, though he has also been caught 22 times.


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