Friday, February 3, 2012

White Sox Officially Sign Dan Johnson

The news first broke a couple of days ago, but the White Sox made it official on Friday announcing that they'd signed Dan Johnson to a minor league deal.

So, hooray.

Johnson will likely spend his time with the White Sox helping fill out the lineup down in Charlotte. He's listed as an infielder, but really, he's a first baseman. So unless Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn get hurt or traded, there won't be much playing time available for him this year.

And that's probably for the best.

He's a career .235/.334/.405 hitter, and hit .119/.187/.202 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI with the Rays last season. Though those two home runs were pretty memorable.

One came on the final day of the regular season against the Yankees to help send Tampa Bay to the playoffs and knock out the Red Sox, and the other came on April 8th at The Cell. It was a 3-run shot off of Matt Thornton in the ninth inning to cap off a 5-run inning to give Tampa a 9-7 win.

Their first win of the season, and, unfortunately, not the last White Sox blown save of April.

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