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White Sox To Sign Adam Dunn
By Tim Dierkes [December 2 at 4:53pm CST]
The White Sox added one of the game's most consistent sluggers today, locking Adam Dunn up to a four-year $56MM deal. The team has scheduled a press conference for tomorrow and will make the signing official then.
Dunn settled for a two-year, $20MM deal when he last hit free agency, but his representation at Legacy Sports was aggressive this time, setting their client up with the biggest contract so far this offseason and nearly tripling the value of Dunn's previous deal.
Dunn has hit 38 or more homers in each of the past seven seasons. He boasts a career .250/.381/.521 line with 354 home runs in ten seasons. Few players are as durable as the 31-year-old, who has appeared in 150 or more games in eight of nine seasons since becoming a regular.
It's not clear how often Dunn will play in the field, but that likely depends on Chicago's pursuit of free agent first baseman Paul Konerko. Dunn appeared reluctant to be a full-time DH despite criticisms of his defensive play.
The Nationals, who discussed extensions with the slugger all season long, will obtain a supplementary first rounder plus Chicago's 23rd overall pick in next year's draft. Adam LaRoche and Carlos Pena are Washington's most likely first base targets, according to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick (on Twitter).
Crasnick reported that the White Sox had serious interest in Dunn, Jon Heyman of SI.com reported that the sides were closing in on a deal and Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times reported the terms of the contract. Peter Gammons of MLB Network and Bob Nightengale of USA Today also reported elements of the story on Twitter.
Ben Nicholson-Smith contributed to this post.
dAnzac wrote:Wow overpay.
A guy like Dunn should live off 2/20 deals and be happy with it. Any more then that has the potential to have 1 or 2 albatross years.
No wonder the A's were interested for all of 3 seconds.
thomasps3 wrote:I don't know why everyone doesn't seem to like this deal. It seems to be pretty good on multiple levels:
1. When just looking at the numbers, Dunn is getting $14m per year, and he is just a few months older than Carl Crawford
2. He offers insurance in case Konerko signs somewhere else
3. He has the same salary as JD Drew! And fewer years!
4. He posted a 3.8 WAR rating in 2010, which places him in the All Star level
5. If you meander over to baseball-reference.com, you can see that his comps include HoFs like Reggie Jackson and Ralph Kiner
6. He gets to play 80 games in US Cellular Field, which could turn him into a Ryan Howard type power hitter.....45 HR, and with a decent lineup, he could post some great value if you can get him in the right spot.....
Seems to me that if you understand what exactly you are getting, a power hitting, on base machine with questionable defense, this deal doesn't look all that bad.....
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