Speedster Juan Pierre Latest Addition to “New Look” White Sox

It is now official. The Sox have acquired speedy outfielder Juan Pierre from the Dodgers for two minor league pitchers (rumored to be John Ely and Jon Link). The Sox will only be paying about half of the $18 million owed to Pierre over the next two seasons.

So the search for a leadoff man is over as the choice is Pierre over the likes of Scott Podsednik, Coco Crisp and Brett Gardner. The latest Sox addition, 32, hit .308, had a .365 on-base percentage with 30 stolen bases in 425 plate appearances last season.

The Sox certainly have a decidedly different–and much more speed-oriented and versatile–roster for 2010. More moves might be on the horizon with a DH perhaps in the offing, but with Pierre, Mark Teahen, Omar Vizquel, Andrew Jones and J.J. Putz added to recent additions Alex Rios and Jake Peavy, I already see us as the favorites in the A.L Central.


  1. raysrenegade

    This deal sounds like a one year rental with Trade Deadline possibilities due to the 2012 contract amount.
    But that can be a great thing. You get a guy who has stolen more bases than anyone in baseball, and half his salary is paid for by his old club.
    Also it gives the White Sox extra options on their defensive side of the ball, plus a nice piece off the bench when he is not starting games.
    Sometimes moves like this one end up being the cornerstone of the whole thing coming together for a team.

    Rays Renegade


  2. uturned

    I love this move. While I hate to see Scott Podsednik as a former member of the White Sox, I think Kenny made the right choice. We now have what Ozzie has been asking for! Speed…….defense……….and most of all……Pitching!!!!! Anyone else can’t wait for spring training to start?

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