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The White Sox, Adam Dunn on the verge of a four-year, $56 million deal

Dec 2, 2010, 4:48 PM EST

Adam Dunn

UPDATEThe Los Angeles Times reports that the deal between the White Sox and Dunn has been struck: four-years, $56 million, pending a physical.  Wow.

What’s more: there are strong indications that the Sox will bring back Paul Konerko too.  We’ll have an update on that shortly.

4:47 PM: Joe Cowley of the Sun-Times says “Yes, the Adam Dunn talk is very legit, and building steam.”  Jon Heyman goes one step further, saying that the Sox are “closing in on a deal” for Dunn.  Susan Slusser says that “it is looking very much like the White Sox will wind up with Dunn.”  If you got three people as different as Cowley, Slusser and Heyman all saying the same thing, you have to figure it’s goin’ down.

I love Dunn on the South Side. That’s a home run park, kids. He could mash 50.

1:05 PM: Jerry Crasnick reports that the White Sox have “jumped in on” Adam Dunn. Which makes about eight kinds of sense.

For one thing, Kenny Williams clearly wanted Dunn over the summer, with most people thinking that the trade that landed them Edwin Jackson from the Diamondbacks was so that he could be flipped to the Nats for Dunn.  That didn’t happen, of course, but Dunn is still what Williams wants: a big bopper.

For another thing, given how poorly Ozzie Guillen’s “I don’t want a regular DH, I want to be able to use Omar Vizquel there if I so choose” plan from last season went, landing Dunn addresses the biggest problem they had in 2010.

Finally, though ideally you’d want Dunn to be the DH, he provides some nice insurance in case the Sox aren’t able to retain Paul Konerko.  Having both would be fabulous — if Jerry Reinsdorf lets Williams spend like that — but if you lose Konerko, you haven’t lost any on offense by having Dunn around.

Go for it Kenny!

  1. sosascork - Dec 2, 2010 at 1:25 PM

    He wins the Greg Luzinski Look-A-Like Contest!

    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://i.cdn.turner.com/sivault/si_online/covers/images/1981/0608_large.jpg&imgrefurl=http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/cover/featured/8748/index.htm&usg=__VmUduDaAbZU9zCgWU-XIggtGbGc=&h=575&w=442&sz=52&hl=en&start=0&zoom=1&tbnid=z-RPpt2b2ciFEM:&tbnh=167&tbnw=118&prev=/images%3Fq%3DGreg%2BLuzinski%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DX%26rls%3Dcom.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox%26biw%3D1579%26bih%3D990%26tbs%3Disch:1&um=1&itbs=1&iact=rc&dur=265&ei=zOP3TJzwFIS0lQfZnfmLAg&oei=zOP3TJzwFIS0lQfZnfmLAg&esq=1&page=1&ndsp=43&ved=1t:429,r:9,s:0&tx=32&ty=63

  2. Panda Claus - Dec 2, 2010 at 2:17 PM

    So how wanted will this make Konerko feel, assuming that what we’ve told about Dunn not wanting to primarily be a DH is true? I’m not sure either of those guys wants to DH more than be in the field, which could present a problem.

    Or like you said, Dunn is also the insurance policy if Konerko leaves.

  3. oldhighs - Dec 2, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    I’d rather the White Sox go after Prince Fielder, but Adam Dunn isn’t half bad.

  4. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Dec 2, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    Dunn deal baby! Wooo, can’t wait to see that blue-collar guy on the South Side, which of course is known to be the blue-collar side of this wonderful citayyy. Perfect fit.

    • Adam - Dec 2, 2010 at 4:54 PM

      Can you really call any baseball player who makes 14 million a year blue collar?

      I understand he fits the part of performing manual labor (in a way), but people normally attribute blue collar to middle class. Just wondering.

      But it is a perfect fit. If they keep Konerko too, maybe the guys could each start 81 games at 1st. If the voters get all Rafael Palmeiro-y one of them may win a Gold Glove for their effort.

      • Ari Collins - Dec 2, 2010 at 4:59 PM

        He didn’t mean “blue collar”. He meant “white”.

        Usually “blue collar” is reserved for high-contact defensive-minded white guys. Dunn is just white.

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Dec 2, 2010 at 5:46 PM

        Indeed, Ari. That is correct. It was simply a play off content and comments from recent posts on HBT. You should all try better to keep up.

      • Ari Collins - Dec 2, 2010 at 7:16 PM

        Haha, you totally trolled me.

    • Jonny 5 - Dec 2, 2010 at 6:20 PM

      Dunn’s pretty fly for a white guy….

      DH or 1st base. That’s all he can do. I could play OF better than Dunn. My father could play better OF than Dunn. Ozzie would blow him away out there. So he will either play DH or first base.

  5. Ari Collins - Dec 2, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    Seems like a lot of money for such a poor defender. But he’ll hit even better at the Cell, and he’s actually worth more as a 1B or DH than a LF.

    Whether he’s worth his money or not, I’ve always been a huge Dunn fan, and it’ll be fun to see him in “my” league finally.

  6. proudlycanadian - Dec 2, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    I understand that it is a Dunn deal!

  7. tycobb420 - Dec 2, 2010 at 5:40 PM

    A one-two punch to rival the glory days of Belle and Thomas! Wait a minute . . .

    Cynical, I know. Dunn should be great. I’m a little more concerned about the Sox overpaying for Konerko, but if it’s a two year deal for $13M or so, fine.

  8. shawon0meter - Dec 2, 2010 at 7:10 PM

    I’m confident the Cubs will handle their need at first base just as well as their cross-town rival.

    Micah Hoffpauir is just as good as Adam Dunn….right?

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