Twins finalize $2.75 million, 1-year deal with White

Updated: December 20, 2006, 4:40 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins finalized their $2.75 million, one-year contract with outfielder Rondell White on Wednesday.

With a second-year option and performance bonuses, White could make $8.5 million if he has 650 plate appearances or more in each of the next two seasons.

White signed with the Twins last season to be their designated hitter but struggled through most of the year, though he was bothered first by a shoulder problem and then a hamstring injury. Halfway through the season, he was batting only .182 with 15 RBIs and no homers in 181 at-bats when placed on the disabled list and sent to the minors for a rehabilitation assignment.

But White batted .351 with three homers and 10 RBIs in September, taking over in left field for Jason Kubel when the rookie was limited by knee problems. White finished with a .246 average, seven homers and 38 RBIs in 99 games and 337 at-bats. The move likely leaves Kubel as the leading candidate to be the DH, with veteran Jeff Cirillo also sure to see plenty of time there.

White began his major league career in 1993 with Montreal, and had stints with the Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, San Diego, Kansas City and Detroit.

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