Posted on: June 29, 2010 10:13 am
Adam Dunn may finally be exactly where he belongs. It's not that Dunn is legendary bluesman or a crazy fan looking to jump on the field and start swinging at the sight of Royal blue that makes him fit right in on the Southside of Chicago, it's the spot in the lineup he'd occupy.
Finally, finally, Dunn can complete his destiny to become a designated hitter, as the Chicago Sun-Times ' Joe Cowley reports the White Sox are targeting the Nationals' slugger.
"Names have been talked about by both sides," Cowley quotes a source as saying. "[GM Kenny Williams] might want to act quickly, though."
Dunn is in the final year of a two-year contract with the Nationals and would likely be a Type A free agent, so that could raise the price for the White Sox. It also helps the Nationals' bargaining stance that Dunn would fit the Angels' needs, as well.
The White Sox's current designated hitter, Mark Kotsay, has struggled, hitting .212/..317/.365 with six home runs and 16 RBI. Dunn would represent a significant upgrade. He's currently hitting .275/.366/.559 with 17 home runs and 47 RBI.
In the past, Dunn has been reluctant to be a designated hitter, but he's proven to be one of the worst defensive players in baseball, both in the outfield and at first base.
The affable Dunn has said he'd like to stay in D.C., but that may be as much a result of him feeling comfortable more than anything. When he was in Cincinnati, he would get a tad prickly about the subject of the trade deadline every July and was on edge about the subject until the calendar switched to August.
However, it was after the trade deadline that he was traded from the Reds to the Diamondbacks in 2008 for Micah Owings, Wilkin Castillo and Dallas Buck. The Diamondbacks did not offer Dunn arbitration following the 2008 season.
Dunn will likely be asked about this report before today's game and will dismiss it and pledge that he wants to stay with the Nationals and he doesn't want to be traded.
Dunn doesn't have a no-trade clause, but could be more open to a move to the White Sox because his best friend in baseball, Ken Griffey Jr., had a positive experience at the end of the 2008 season when he was traded from Cincinnati to Chicago.
The 30-year old Dunn is one of the most consistent power hitters in the game, hitting 40 or more home runs in six of the previous seven seasons, his dip coming last season when he hit 38. A lightening rod for fans, Dunn is often the center of the average-vs.-on-base percentage argument and the importance of strikeouts. Dunn is a career .251/.382/.522 hitter. This season his average is at an all-time high, but his on-base percentage is lower than usual.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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