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Dodgers Sign Devon White

Devon White, a seven-time Gold Glove winner and member of three World Series-winning teams, agreed Friday to a $12.4 million, three-year contact with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

White, 35, became the first free agent to switch teams this off-season and solved the Dodgers center fielder problem.

A switch-hitter, White played in 146 games for the Arizona Diamondbacks this season and hit .279 with 84 runs, 32 doubles, one triple, 22 homers, 85 RBIs and 22 stolen bases.

White, an All-Star this season, previously played for the Anaheim Angels, Toronto Blue Jays and Florida Marlins. He played on two World Series winners with Toronto and on Florida's 1997 championship team.

White is currently in Japan with the major-league all-stars, who opened their exhibition tour Friday.

The signing of white came on the first day teams were allowed to speak with free agents from other teams.

Barring further deals, White will be teamed with Gary Sheffield and Raul Mondesi in the Los Angeles outfield next season.

As part of the contract, the Dodgers have an option for 2002 with a $400,000 buyout.

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