12/15/2009 11:49 AM ET
White Sox acquire Juan Pierre and cash from Los Angeles Dodgers for two players to be named later
CHICAGO - The Chicago White Sox have acquired outfielder Juan Pierre and cash considerations from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for two players to be named later.
Pierre, 32, hit .308 (117-380) with 30 stolen bases, 57 runs scored and a .365 on-base percentage in 145 games with the Dodgers in 2009. He ranked fifth in the National League in steals despite starting just 76 games (63 in left field and 13 in center). Pierre also ranked sixth in the major leagues with a .326 (14-43) average as a pinch-hitter.
Pierre, a 5-foot-10, 185-pounder who bats and throws left-handed, started in left field in each of the Dodgers 50 games from May 7-July 1 while Manny Ramirez was on the suspended list, batting .318 (64-218) with 21 steals and a .381 on-base percentage during that span.
Pierre is a career .301 (1,663-5,533) hitter with 459 stolen bases and 804 runs scored in 1,433 games with Colorado (2000-02), Florida (2003-05), the Chicago Cubs (2006) and Dodgers (2007-09). He has collected 200-plus hits four times, including a career-high 221 with the Marlins in 2004.
A native of Mobile, Ala., Pierre leads all active players in stolen bases (Omar Vizquel is second with 389) and needs just 41 to become the 37th player in major-league history with 500. He has stolen 30 or more bases in nine consecutive seasons, including a career-high 65 in 2003 and 64 in 2007, and ranked first or second in the NL in that department seven straight years from 2001-07.
Pierre also ranks first among active players with 165 bunt hits (Vizquel is second with 150) and has been named by Baseball America as the Best Bunter in the NL each season since 2004. Since the start of the 2001 season, he is tied with Vizquel for the major-league lead with 106 sacrifice hits and ranks seventh with 1,601 hits.
Pierre has 26 career games of postseason experience, hitting .304 (24-79) and was a member of the 2003 World Champion Florida Marlins. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was the third base coach on that club.
The White Sox 40-man roster is at 40.