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Dunn will play the field for White Sox

Posted on: January 21, 2011 4:44 pm
Edited on: January 21, 2011 4:46 pm
Adam Dunn Adam Dunn is bringing his glove to Chicago.

"I don't want to say [Dunn will play] twice a week, three times a week," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen told the Chicago Tribune 's Mark Gonzales . "It depends on who is pitching, lefty or righty. But he will be at first base more than people think."

Dunn will play first base to provide Paul Konerko a breather during the season.

"Believe me, P.K. was done late in the season," Guillen said. "He was done. I want to make sure I take care of that."

Konerko hit .312/.393/.584 last season with 39 homers. In September and October, he hit .271/.354/.588 with seven homers.

Konerko has generally been considered a fair defensive first baseman, while Dunn has a reputation as one of the worst fielders in baseball. However by both UZR and runs saved, Dunn was better than Konerko in 2010. Konerko had a -14.7 UZR/150 and a -17 runs saved in 2010, while Dunn had a -3.3 UZR/150 and -8 runs saved. Over the last three years, Dunn was the worst first baseman in baseball with -29 runs save, but Konerko was fourth-worst at -22. Neither's going to win a Gold Glove, but it probably won't be as dramatic a drop-off as many would think when Dunn does take the field.

Last season, Dunn said he didn't want to become a full-time designated hitter, and the White Sox saying he could play first often to spell Konerko could have had a hand in him selecting Chicago and heading to the American League.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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