The Chicago White Sox have talked John Kruk, 34, into coming back for at least one more season.
The White Sox on Friday night announced the three-time all-star first baseman has signed a one-year contract. Kruk is scheduled to report to Sarasota, Fla., Monday to get ready to join his new club.
Kruk didn't go to Homestead, Fla., to baseball's free-agent camp for out-of-work players after the strike ended this spring and wasn't actively seeking a job.
Kruk batted .302 with five home runs and 38 runs batted in in 75 games for Philadelphia last season, the third year in a row and the fifth time in his career that he hit .300.
All indications are outfielder Darryl Strawberry won't be playing for the Palm Springs Suns, even though he has worked out at the Western Baseball League team's facility several times this month.
"The only thing we've done is extended the privilege of our field and batting cages," Sun General Manager Al Campanis said.