White Sox sign Dewayne Wise to one-year deal
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org November 21, 2012 5:36PM
Updated: December 24, 2012 7:09AM
Outfielder Dewayne Wise will get another turn with the White Sox next season, but this time he’ll have a contract to start the year.
Wise, 34, and the Sox agreed Wednesday to a one-year deal worth $700,000.
He returned to the Sox on Aug. 3 as a free agent, more than two years after his first tenure from 2008 to 2009.
Wise became part of team lore by preserving pitcher Mark Buehrle’s perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays on July 23, 2009, with an over-the-wall catch of Gabe Kapler’s potential home run leading off the ninth inning.
A sign — ‘‘The Catch’’ — on the center-field wall commemorates the play at U.S. Cellular Field.
The left-handed Wise has played in parts of 10 seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays (2000, 2002, 2010-11), Atlanta Braves (2004), Cincinnati Reds (2006-07), Sox (2008-09, 2012), Florida Marlins (2011) and New York Yankees (2012).
Wise was a favorite of then-general manager Ken Williams, so when the Yankees released him July 23 after acquiring outfielder Ichiro Suzuki from the Seattle Mariners, he was welcomed back quickly.
He signed a minor-league contract with the Sox and was recalled on Aug. 11 after Paul Konerko went on the disabled list.
Wise made 38 starts for the Sox: 28 in center field, eight in left and two in right.
He hit .258 for the Sox with five home runs, 22 RBI, 20 runs and 12 stolen bases in 45 games.
Wise is a career .228 hitter with 30 homers and 112 RBI.
His signing puts the Sox at the 40-man roster limit.