White Sox acquire Blake Tekotte from Padres

PALM DESERT, Calif. -- The White Sox acquired outfielder Blake Tekotte from the San Diego Padres on Wednesday, hours after the general manager’s meetings began.

Right-handed pitcher Brandon Kloess, who spent last season between Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte, was sent to the Padres in exchange for Tekotte, who was added to the 40-man roster.

A third-round pick in 2008 out of Miami, Tekotte, 25, has played in 30 major league games over the last two seasons and carries a .163 career average in 49 at-bats.

The Padres designated Tekotte for assignment on Nov. 2.

Tekotte hit .243 with nine homers in 89 games at Triple-A Tucson last season. He hit .285 with 19 homers and 67 RBIs in 2011 at Double-A San Antonio.

Kloess, 27, was 6-3 with a 2.69 ERA in 73 2/3 innings last season. A minor-league free agent in 2009, Kloess struck out 70 batters and walked 30.

The White Sox now have 34 players on their 40-man roster.

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