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White Sox sign Dan Johnson

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White Sox sign Dan Johnson

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Marc Topkin1B Dan Johnson, who hit big homers for Rays, signing w White Sox, minor-league deal
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Johnson is best known for his heroic home runs against New York in 2011 and Boston in 2008, but he also was the one who began to ruin Matt Thornton as a closer for a portion of Sox fans. As things fell apart in an early-April game against Tampa Bay last year, Johnson sealed the Rays' comeback with a three-run blast off the then-Sox clsoer, which stood as his only home run of the season until he hit that dramatic game-tying blast against the Yankees in game 162.

As he did with the Rays, Johnson will serve as an emergency backup first baseman and will likely spend most of 2012 in Charlotte. Whether he gets called up due to an injury to Paul Konerko will depend on whether he out-hits Dallas McPherson with the Knights.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

In this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, Danny Parkins (670 The Score), Chris Bleck (ESPN 1000) and Scott King (WGN Radio) join David Kaplan on the panel.

Ryan Pace’s offseason begins. Josh Sitton and Jerrell Freeman are gone, but what will he do with Kyle Fuller?

Plus, Rick Hahn joins Kap from Glendale, Ariz., to discuss the state of the White Sox rebuild, how tough it is to keep their best prospects in the minors and why Jose Abreu is so important for his young team?

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

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White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

The White Sox three outfield prospects are creating a lot of buzz at spring training.

On this edition of the podcast, Micker Adolfo tells Chuck Garfien about a conversation they all had about one day becoming the starting outfield for the White Sox. Adolfo talks about his longtime friendship with Eloy Jimenez, his impressions of Luis Robert, Luis Basabe and the White Sox future.

But first, it's a conversation with MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez who has great insight on many of the White Sox players: Jimenez, Robert, Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu. He tells an amazing story about why Jimenez decided to sign with the Cubs when he was a teenager, how much Abreu is revered in Cuba and much more.

Listen to the full episode at this link (iOS users can go here) or in the embedded player below. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts.