by:   2/4/2012

The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on a minor-league contract with infielder Dan Johnson, including an invitation to the club's major-league spring training camp in Glendale, Ariz.

Johnson, 32, is a career .235 (305-1,298) hitter with 53 home runs and 188 RBI in 399 games over six major-league seasons with the Oakland Athletics (2005-08) and Tampa Bay Rays (2008, 2010-11).

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Johnson hit .119 (10-84) with two home runs and four RBI over 31 games with the Rays last season.  He also played in 93 games with Class AAA Durham, batting .273 (91-333) with 23 doubles, 13 homers, 52 RBI and 52 runs scored.  The left-handed hitter was named the International League's Most Valuable Player in 2010 after hitting .303 (103-340) with 30 homers, 95 RBI and 66 runs scored with Durham.

His best season came with Oakland in 2005, when he hit a career-high .275 (103-375) with 21 doubles, 15 home runs, 58 RBI and 54 runs scored over 109 games.

Johnson originally was selected by the Athletics in the seventh round of the 2001 First-Year Player Draft.

With the signing of Johnson, the number of non-roster invitations to spring training increases to 19.  Johnson will wear uniform No. 29.

Chicago White Sox Press Release