The Chicago White Sox acquired leadoff man and left fielder Juan Pierre and $10.5 million from the Los Angeles Dodgers for two players to be named.
“They already have a good team in place,” Pierre said. “They’ve been accustomed to winning over the last four or five years. I’m looking forward to getting out there on the field on a regular basis.”
The 32-year-old hit .308 with 30 stolen bases, 57 runs and a .365 on-base percentage in 145 games with the Dodgers last year, getting steady playing time when Manny Ramirez was suspended 50 games for violating baseball’s drug policy. Once Ramirez returned, Pierre became a reserve again.
“Juan always put the Dodgers first, even when it wasn’t in his personal best interest,” Los Angeles general manager Ned Colletti said. “In this day, that is a rare attribute. When he and I spoke at the end of the season, we agreed that if an opportunity presented itself in which his chance to play would be enhanced, we would pursue it and that’s what we’ve done.
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“He deserved the chance to play more.”
Los Angeles is sending Chicago $7 million in 2010 and $3.5 million in 2011 to cover the majority of what remains on Pierre’s $44 million, five-year contract. He is due $10 million next season and $8.5 million in 2011.
“It was a tough situation for me, the coaching staff and the whole organization,” Pierre said. “Everybody knew how much I loved to play and wanted to play, and I felt like I could help the team.
“But they went in another direction because the young kids can play and Manny’s probably one of the top five hitters ever.”
With critics calling for expanded video review of umpires’ calls and some players pushing to expand the first round of the playoffs, commissioner Bud Selig established a committee of managers and longtime executives to look into those issues.
Managers Tony La Russa, Jim Leyland, Joe Torre and Mike Scioscia and Mariners president Chuck Armstrong are among those on the committee.
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