"Melky provides us with a professional hitter, who reaches base on a consistent basis," said Rick Hahn, White Sox senior vice president/general manager. "We think he slides into Robin's batting order perfectly and adds depth to a very versatile lineup. We are very excited about his addition to our roster."
Cabrera is a career .286 (1,262-4,410) hitter with 236 doubles, 88 home runs, 520 RBI, 606 runs scored, 92 stolen bases and a .339 on-base percentage in 1,211 games over 10 seasons in the major leagues with the Yankees (2005-09), Atlanta (2010), Kansas City (2011), San Francisco (2012) and the Blue Jays (2013-14). He ranks seventh in the major leagues since 2011 with a .309 (627-2,029) average and fourth among major-league outfielders since 2006 with 82 assists.
Cabrera's most productive season came with the Royals in 2011 when he batted .305 (201-658) and set career highs with 44 doubles, 18 home runs, 87 RBI, 309 total bases and 20 stolen bases. He hit a career-high .346 (159-459) with the Giants in 2012 and was named Most Valuable Player of the All-Star Game in Kansas City.
Cabrera appeared in 22 postseason games with the Yankees (2006-07, '09) and Braves (2010), winning a World Series title in 2009. He and White Sox closer David Robertson were teammates with the Yankees in 2008-09.
Cabrera is a career .336 (46-137) hitter with 10 doubles, seven home runs, 24 RBI and a .957 OPS in 34 career games at U.S. Cellular Field.
A native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Cabrera originally was signed by the Yankees as a free agent on November 13, 2001.
With the move, the White Sox 40-man roster is at 40.