Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago White Sox and outfielder Melky Cabrera made it official on Tuesday, agreeing to a three-year, $42 million contract.
Cabrera spent the past two seasons with Toronto. He hit .279 with three homers and 30 RBI in 88 games with the Blue Jays in 2013, then followed with a strong 2014 campaign in which he batted .301 with 16 homers, 35 doubles and 73 RBI in 139 games.
"Melky provides us with a professional hitter, who reaches base on a consistent basis," said White Sox general manager Rick Hahn in a statement Tuesday. "We think he slides into (the) batting order perfectly and adds depth to a very versatile lineup. We are very excited about his addition to our roster."
The 30-year-old Dominican native played his first five seasons with the New York Yankees, winning a World Series title in 2009, then spent 2010 with Atlanta, 2011 with Kansas City and 2012 with the San Francisco Giants.
Cabrera was the All-Star Game MVP in 2012 and posted a .346 average with 11 homers and 60 RBI in 113 games with the Giants until he was suspended 50 games for a violation of baseball's drug policy.
In 1,211 big league games over 10 seasons, Cabrera owns a .286 batting average with 88 homers, 236 doubles and 520 RBI.