Jon Jay, White Sox fi­nal­ize $4M, 1-year con­tract

The Observer (Sarnia) - - SPORTS -

CHICAGO — Free agent out­fielder Jon Jay and the Chicago White Sox have fi­nal­ized a $4-mil­lion, one-year con­tract.

The 33-year-old Jay played for Kansas City and Ari­zona last sea­son, bat­ting .268 with three homers and 40 RBIs in 143 games. He also made at least 24 starts at each spot in the out­field.

The ad­di­tion of Jay gives the White Sox an­other veteran hit­ter af­ter they struck out 1,594 times last sea­son, tops in the ma­jors. Jay also is friends with slug­ger Manny Machado, one of Chicago’s top tar­gets in free agency.

The White Sox an­nounced the deal Thursday. They cleared a ros­ter spot by des­ig­nat­ing out­fielder Char­lie Til­son for as­sign­ment.

Jay, a Mi­ami na­tive, is a .285 ca­reer hit­ter in nine years in the ma­jors.

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