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Jacobs traded from Boston to White Sox

Former Parkview two-sport standout Brandon Jacobs is changing the color of his socks.

The Chicago White Sox acquired the outfield prospect from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for veteran left-handed relief pitcher Matt Thornton.

Jacobs, 22, was ranked as Boston's No. 11 prospect and was recently promoted from Class A Advanced Salem to Double-A Portland. He hit .421 with eight extra-base hits and 12 RBIs in his final 11 games with Salem.

General manager Rick Hahn said that the White Sox had been looking at Jacobs for more than a year.

"He's an athletic kid who projects to be a power bat/corner outfielder," Hahn told reporters. "He's a toolsy player with upside to be an everyday corner outfielder."

Thornton, 37, was 0-3 with a 3.86 ERA in 40 relief appearances for the White Sox this season. He made the American League team for the All-Star Game in 2010 and ranks first among White Sox relievers with 512 career appearances.

Jacobs was taken by Boston in the 10th round of the 2009 draft and given a bonus of $750,000 to bypass college football.

The former Auburn signee's best season in the minors came in 2011, when he hit .303 with 52 extra-base hits and 30 steals for Class A Greenville. He was hampered by a hamate injury last year.

Jacobs had a .247 average with 25 doubles, 11 homers, 44 RBIs and 10 steals in 81 games overall this season.