Brewers also give up player to be named

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Chicago White Sox have taken another step in overhauling their outfield.

On Monday, the White Sox traded Carlos Lee to the Milwaukee Brewers for fellow outfielder Scott Podsednik, righthander Luis Vizcaino and a player to be named.

The deal comes less than a week after Chicago did not offer outfielder Magglio Ordonez salary arbitration and signed outfielder Jermaine Dye to a two-year, $10.15 million contract.

Lee, who was signed by the White Sox to a two-year deal with an option for 2006 on Dec. 19, 2003, set career highs in average (.305), slugging percentage (.525), on-base percentage (.366) and runs (103) last season. He matched a career high with 31 home runs, including 20 after the All-Star break, and drove in 99 runs -- finishing second on the club to Paul Konerko's 41 homers and 117 RBI.

Lee would have led the Brewers in average, home runs and RBI last season.

"Carlos Lee fills our biggest offseason need," Brewers general manager Bob Melvin said. "He is the perfect fit with Geoff Jenkins and Lyle Overbay in the middle of our order. We knew that we needed to give up two good players to make this transaction happen."

In six seasons with the White Sox, the 28-year-old Lee hit .288 and averaged 25 home runs and 92 RBI. Lee also has 64 career stolen bases -- six fewer than Podsednik's major league-leading total of 70 last season.

Podsednik hit .244 with 12 homers, 39 RBI and a .313 on-base percentage last season -- a far cry from his rookie season of 2003, when he hit .314 with nine homers, 58 RBI and a .379 on-base percentage.

While not a candidate to fill the power void left by Ordonez and Lee, the 28-year-old Podsednik has stolen 113 bases in 136 attempts over the last two seasons and is regarded as an above-average center fielder.

"As we stated this October, we wanted to make a strong effort this offseason to improve our pitching and defense," White Sox general manager Ken Williams said. "Our goal was to field a team that is more speed-oriented and offers a more consistent run-scoring attack. Scott is exactly that type of offensive player."

The 30-year-old Vizcaino went 4-4 with a 3.75 ERA and one save in 73 relief appearances last season and has a 4.52 ERA over 273 career games. He joins a bullpen that includes Shingo Takatsu, Damaso Marte, Cliff Politte, Neal Cotts, Jon Adkins and Dustin Hermanson, who was signed to a two-year, $5.5 million contract

"Luis gives us another very impressive arm in our bullpen," Williams said.