The White Sox have acquired 32-year old lefty swinging outfielder Juan Pierre and cash from the Dodgers for two minor league pitchers who have not been named yet. Pierre played in 145 games for the Dodgers last season and he was 117 for 380 (.308 avg, .757 OPS) with 57 runs scored, 31 RBIs and 30 stolen bases. Pierre has now played in 1,433 games in his 10 years in the majors and he is 1,663 for 5,533 (.301 avg, .720 OPS) with 804 runs scored, 13 homers, 387 RBIs and 459 stolen bases. Getting Pierre gives the White Sox a tremendous weapon at the top of the line-up as he is a good hitter with speed to burn. If the White Sox are going to use him in LF he will have more range there than anyone in the American League besides Carl Crawford of the Rays. The Dodgers are also more than half of his contract the next two years which means the Pale Hose are getting $10.5 million bucks from them. I will let you know who the pitchers are when they are revealed but this move with definately help the White Sox in 2010 and 2011.
UPDATE I: The White Sox will pay Pierre $8 million bucks over the next two years.
UPDATE II: The White Sox have sent 23-year old righty starting pitcher John Ely and 25-year old righty reliever Jon Link to the Dodgers to complete this trade. John Ely was the White Sox’ #11 ranked prospect heading into the 2009 season according to Baseball America. He pitched in 27 games (all starts) in AA-ball last season and he was 14-2 with a 2.82 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. Jon Link was the White Sox’ #22 ranked prospect heading into the 2009 season according to Baseball America. He pitched in 48 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball last season and he was 1-2 with 13 saves, a 3.99 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. As soon as I saw that the Dodgers kicked in $10.5 million bucks to complete this trade I knew they were getting decent prospects back for Pierre but I still like the move for the White Sox.