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Outfielder Jon Jay, White Sox finalize $4M, 1-year contract

FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2018, file photo, Arizona Diamondbacks' Jon Jay, right, hits a triple to score Nick Ahmed as Houston Astros catcher Brian McCann looks on at left, during the eighth inning of a baseball game, in Houston. The Chicago White Sox and free-agent outfielder Jon Jay have finalized a $4 million, one-year contract. The 33-year-old Jay played for Kansas City and Arizona last season, batting .268 with three homers and 40 RBIs in 143 games. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2018, file photo, Arizona Diamondbacks' Jon Jay, right, hits a triple to score Nick Ahmed as Houston Astros catcher Brian McCann looks on at left, during the eighth inning of a baseball game, in Houston. The Chicago White Sox and free-agent outfielder Jon Jay have finalized a $4 million, one-year contract. The 33-year-old Jay played for Kansas City and Arizona last season, batting .268 with three homers and 40 RBIs in 143 games. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

CHICAGO – Jon Jay sees the rebuilding White Sox poised for big things with promising young players. He’s looking forward to being a part of it.

“It’s a great organization, a great city,” he said.

The free agent outfielder and the Sox finalized a $4 million, one-year contract Thursday.

The 33-year-old played for Kansas City and Arizona last season, batting .268 with three homers and 40 RBIs in 143 games. He also made at least 24 starts at each spot in the outfield.

The addition gives the Sox another veteran hitter after they struck out 1,594 times last season, tops in the majors. Jay also is friends with slugger Manny Machado, one of the Sox’s top targets in free agency.

The Sox also acquired Yonder Alonso – Machado’s brother-in-law – from Cleveland last month. But general manager Rick Hahn insisted the Sox brought them in because of their attributes, not recruiting usefulness.