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Dan Johnson signs minor-league deal with White Sox

Feb 1, 2012, 12:13 PM EDT

Tampa Bay Rays' Dan Johnson hits a ninth inning home run with New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine at right during their American League MLB baseball game in St. Petersburg Reuters

Dan Johnson, whose dramatic homer for the Rays in Game 162 last year overshadowed his otherwise miserable season, has agreed to a minor-league contract with the White Sox.

Johnson had a strong rookie season for the A’s in 2005, but he’s hit just .219 with a .712 OPS in 290 games since then while spending much of his time in the minors. He’s consistently knocked around Triple-A pitching and the 32-year-old first baseman can always be counted on for plenty of walks and homers, so he’s a nice depth pickup.

However, barring more trades by Chicago he’s likely competing for a bench spot at most, as the White Sox have Paul Konerko at first base and Adam Dunn at designated hitter.

  1. jasonc2300 - Feb 1, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    So, in other words, the White Sox have Paul Konerko at first base and an opening at DH.

  2. jefe17 - Feb 1, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Good for him! He came home and was going to play Amateur ball for the Blaine Fusion. Glad thats not going to happen, even though I would have loved to face him this summer a few times.

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