Note to Jose Contreras: Go Away (or to the Bullpen)!

Joe EversoleContributor IMay 3, 2009

CHICAGO - JUNE 27:  Starting pitcher Jose Contreras #52 of the Chicago White Sox throws a pitch against the Chicago Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field on June 27, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

First off, I'd like to start off by saying thanks to Mr. Contreras. Thank you for your dominant performance from the second half of 2005 to the first half of 2006, where you won 17 straight decisions. Thanks for the World Series title as well.

I'd also like to say congratulations to you. Last year in early August, you ruptured your Achilles, and most likely, this signaled the end of your career. But amazingly, you recommitted yourself, lost 30+ pounds, and were on the opening day roster for the 2009 season.

Now its time for you to go away.

After seeing your performance in Texas last night, something needs to change. You haven't won a game since June of 2008. Sure, you say you feel good. But when you pitch, you make me feel bad. Throwing 37 of 63 pitches for strikes will not get it done.

After all you've done, I think it's time to return the favor. Seeing you every fifth day makes all White Sox fans very uneasy right now. Do us a favor and go talk to Ozzie Guillen and ask to be moved to the bullpen. Since you feel so "good" throwing maybe every third day shouldn't be a problem. Middle relief, there is less pressure as well. Maybe once you get your mind right, you can end up back in the rotation.

Please Jose, it's time for you to pay us back. After all, you are making 10 million dollars this season.