December 02, 2010
Anyone thinking that baseball was putting its news cycle on autopilot until the start of next week's winter meetings shouldn't worry about boredom any longer.
Kenny Williams has struck with a surprise again.
According to several reports, the Chicago White Sox GM has landed slugger Adam Dunn(notes) with a four-year, $56 million deal. Pending the outcome of a Friday physical, the 31-year-old first baseman will bring his big left-handed bat to cozy U.S. Cellular Field for the first season of his career in the American League.
One would think that means that Paul Konerko's(notes) time on the South Side is over, but Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the White Sox are also interested in re-signing him. Dunn and Konerko would then presumably platoon at both 1B and DH while giving the White Sox a powerful — if not necessarily fleet of foot — 3-4 punch in their lineup.
Throw in solid seasons from Alex Rios(notes), Alexei Ramirez(notes) and Gordon Beckham(notes) — not to mention any type of bounce-back year from Carlos Quentin(notes) — and the White Sox would be more than poised to contend alongside the Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers in the AL Central.
Of course, that presumption rests on Konerko not being lured elsewhere by a team like the Baltimore Orioles. As it stands, the Dunn signing comes as a minor shock because it was assumed that Williams had hamstrung himself with the expensive acquisitions of Rios and Jake Peavy(notes) in 2009.
However, it must be a lot easier for Jerry Reinsdorf to open his checkbook when he had a chance to acquire the most consistent and durable hitter on the market — Dunn has hit 38 or more homers for seven straight seasons — at a fair and reasonable price.
As a result, right field at The Cell may never be the same.