04/18/2002 4:49 pm ET
Sox agree to terms with Canseco
Jose Canseco heads to Triple-A Charlotte
WHITE SOX AGREE TO TERMS WITH JOSE CANSECO ON MINOR-LEAGUE CONTRACT
CHICAGO The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms with veteran outfielder Jose Canseco, who needs 38 home runs to reach 500 in his career, on a minor-league contract with Class AAA Charlotte. The former Rookie of the Year (1986) and Most Valuable Player (1988) will be activated in time for Charlotte´s home game Tuesday.
Canseco, 37, attended spring training with the Montreal Expos before being released March 27 after batting .200 (7-35) with three home runs and four RBI in 14 spring games. Because of his release by the Expos, Canseco can be called up by the White Sox at any time.
Jose still has a desire to play, and we told him last fall that we would have a place for him in our minor-league system if he needed it, said Ken Williams, White Sox general manager. Jose did a tremendous job filling in for us last season and handled himself with nothing but class. He will have a chance to play himself back into shape in Charlotte and then we will see where things go from there.
Canseco batted .258 (66-256) with 16 home runs and 49 RBI in 76 games with the Sox in 2001 after signing as a free agent on June 20. He hit .284 with seven home runs and 27 RBI with Newark of the independent Atlantic League before signing with the Sox.
With 462 career home runs, Canseco ranks 22nd all-time, three behind Hall of Famer Dave Winfield. He has the eighth-most home runs in American League history, trailing only Babe Ruth (708), Harmon Killebrew (573), Reggie Jackson (563), Mickey Mantle (536), Jimmie Foxx (524), Ted Williams (521) and Lou Gehrig (493). Canseco ranks among baseball´s all-time leaders in strikeouts (second, 1,942), RBI (53rd, 1,407), slugging (59th, .515) and total bases (99th, 3,631).
The six-time All-Star stole his 200th career base on September 3, 2001 vs. Cleveland, becoming just the ninth player in baseball history with 400 home runs and 200 stolen bases (joining Hank Aaron, Andre Dawson, Reggie Jackson, Willie Mays, Frank Robinson, Dave Winfield, Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa).
Canseco is a lifetime .266 (1,877-7,057) hitter with 462 home runs, 1,407 RBI and 200 stolen bases in 1,887 games with Oakland (1985-92), Texas
(1992-94), Boston (1995-96), Oakland (1997), Toronto (1998), Tampa Bay (1999-2000), the Yankees (2000) and the White Sox.