White Sox add utility IF-OF Tolleson

Written By Sun-Times Wire Posted: 11/14/2012, 09:48am

The White Sox have agreed to terms with utility infielder Steve Tolleson on a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training.

Tolleson, 29, who played second base, shortstop, third base and left field for the Orioles last season, batted .183 with a game-tying three-run homer against the Phillies’ Cliff Lee on June 10. He played in 29 games over four stints with the O’s last season. Tolleson played for Oakland in 2010, batting .286 over 53 plate appearances.

Tolleson was said to be a favorite of Orioles manager Buck Showalter. The Orioles reportedly tried to re-sign Tolleson, who was out of options, but he probably liked his chances of sticking with the Sox, who relied on Ray Olmedo as the backup shortstop and utility infielder after Eduardo Escobar was traded for Francisco Liriano in late July.

Tolleson is the son of Wayne Tolleson, who played for the Sox in 1986.