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.

White Sox may have to deal with Francisco Lindor for a while, according to unlikely source

White Sox may have to deal with Francisco Lindor for a while, according to unlikely source

Sources have confirmed that kids really do say the darndest things. 

In a spring training game Sunday afternoon, 6-year-old Brody Chernoff, son of Indians general manager Mike Chernoff, spilled the beans on his dad's prospective moves. Goated by announcer Todd Hamilton, Brody said that his dad was trying to keep Lindor in Cleveland for seven more years.

On one hand, Brody's honesty rivals a young Abraham Lincoln. Not even Adrian Wojnarowski could cultivate a source so honest and to the point. On the other, his dad probably is a little shocked that contract offer leaks are coming from his own family. 

Either way, though, hearing that Lindor may be in Cleveland for a while is bad news for the White Sox. The 23-year-old stud shortstop has hit over .300 in his first two big-league seasons. So definitely not someone you want to have in your division for years to come. Oh, plus he's absolutely nasty with the leather. 

Cubs fans know all about Lindor's talents, too. The shortstop hit .296 in his first World Series and was almost a key reason the Indians captured the crown. Almost!

Watch the hilarious exchange in the video above. 

Today on CSN: White Sox tangle with Dodgers in spring training game

Today on CSN: White Sox tangle with Dodgers in spring training game

The White Sox battle the Los Angeles Dodgers, and you can catch all the action right now on CSN.

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