December 09, 2009
Third baseman Mark Teahan got a three-year, $14 million deal from the Chicago White Sox yesterday but most of that cash is on the back end of the deal so the team can spend some more dough on the front end for players like Hideki Matsui(notes) or Coco Crisp(notes), according to the Chicago Tribune.
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen wants a designated hitter that can play the outfield so the 35-year-old Matsui might not be the first name on the list. Matsui hasn't played the outfield consistently since last year.
The could also end up with free-agent outfielder Coco Crisp, who had season-ending shoulder surgery last June. Crisp apparently would love to sign with the Sox: "I've enjoyed playing against them," Crisp said. "I enjoy the park and the city and have a lot of family to come out to see me. We are in a wait-and-see process right now. We'll have to see what teams bring to the table."