The Chicago White Sox are looking to improve their offense, and to that end they added a veteran piece to the mix on Thursday afternoon as they signed free agent first baseman Justin Morneau.
The contract, announced by the White Sox, will pay Morneau $1 million for the one-year deal.
Morneau, who appeared in 49 games for the Colorado Rockies last season, has had a solid big-league career, being selected to four All-Star Games and winning the American League MVP Award in 2006 as a member of the Minnesota Twins. In 1487 career games, Morneau has 241 home runs and 960 RBI, with stints in Minnesota, Pittsburgh, and Colorado on his resume.
In 182 plate apperaances last season, Morneau clubbed three home runs and drove in 15 RBI for the Rockies, batting .310 in the process before a concussion ended his season.
Unfortunately for Morneau, he won’t be able to suit up for the White Sox right away. After undergoing elbow surgery in the offseason, Morneau is close to “ramping up” his baseball activities, according to White Sox G.M. Rick Hahn, and the team is projecting him to be ready to join the club in mid-to-late July.