Twins Sign Rondell White

On Thursday, the Minnesota Twins acquired Rondell White, signing him to a one-year deal, with a vested option for 2007. White, who will be making his seventh Major League stop, will bolster the Twins' outfield, while being an option at designated hitter. Last season, White batted .313 for the Detroit Tigers before having his season cut short due to an injury.

The Minnesota Twins acquired Rondell White on Thursday, as they continue to piece together their 2006 lineup. White, who will be making his seventh Major League stop, batted .313 last season as a member of the Detroit Tigers, the team he has spent the last two seasons with. He appeared in 97 games during the 2005 season, his lowest number of games since the 2000 season.

Last season, an injury cut his year short, as he dislocated his shoulder on August 14 against the Kansas City Royals. At the time, he was seventh in the league in batting average. In 2004, he batted .270 in 121 games, and his 19 home runs were his highest total since 1999.

Drafted by the Montreal Expos in the first round of the 1990 draft, White went on to hit .301 during his Minor League career. He made his Major League debut on September 1, 1993 against the Colorado Rockies, and was the Expos' starting leftfielder. On September 3, he collected his first two Major League hits, both off the late Darryl Kile. The following day, White hit his first Major League home run off Greg Swindell.

In 2003, White was named to the National League All-Star Team as a member of the San Diego Padres. That season, he batted .278, while slugging 18 home runs. He was traded to the Kansas City Royals towards the end of the 2003 season, and went on to hit .347 in 22 games for them.

White has a career batting average of .289, and has hit 187 home runs in his career. For the Twins, White will mostly be used in a designated hitter role, and will give the team more depth in the outfield. With Jason Kubel coming off an injury that forced him to miss the entire 2005 season, the addition of White can only be a good thing for the Twins.


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