Chicago White Sox Sign Dan Johnson To Minor League Contract

The Chicago White Sox have signed first baseman Dan Johnson to a minor league contract, according to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times. Johnson had previously been with the Tampa Bay Rays since being acquired by them in 2008.

The 31-year-old is probably best known at this point for the epic ninth-inning, two-out, pinch-hit, game-tying home run that he hit against the New York Yankees to complete a stunning comeback that kept Tampa Bay's season alive. Otherwise, Johnson has hit .235/.334/.405 in 1520 plate appearances across six different seasons with the Rays and the Oakland Athletics

A limited player defensively, Johnson basically just gives the White Sox another option for 1B/DH just in case Adam Dunn totally falters again. He got some attention in 2010 for hitting .303/.430/.624 with 30 homers in 98 games with Triple-A Durham, but he fell back to Earth while hitting .273/.382/.459 with 13 homers in 93 games with Durham in 2011.

Stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago for more information, and for in-depth analysis on the Chicago White Sox be sure to visit South Side Sox. Check out MLB Daily Dish for off-season rumors and reports.

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