UPDATE: The 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!
It started with a no-good St. Louis Cardinals fan being a troublemaker. That no-good Cardinals fan was Drew Silva, who began things innocently enough, noting that, despite their dominance this season, any team can theoretically beat the Chicago Cubs in a short series because that’s just how baseball goes:
Cubs fans started giving him guff for that, so Drew gave some back:
And with that it was on like Donkey Kong (a super old video game which was not invented for another 73 years after the Cubs last won the World Series). I tweeted this:
And with that, my followers went crazy. Here’s a sampling of some of the best ones:
And, for that matter . . .
Too soon. Unlike the last Cubs World Series title.
Like I said, this was just a sampling. I’ve retweeted a ton more on my timeline and those I didn’t retweet can be seen in the replies here. My favorite one may have been “literally the invention of sliced bread,” which debuted in 1912, but I can’t find that tweet.
Please, Cubs fans, have a sense of humor about this. You have a wonderful ballpark that is not named after a third tier mortgage company, a grand history that is fantastic even if it hasn’t featured any championships and a future that is as bright or brighter than any other team out there. Maybe even come up with some of your own in the comments! History is fun! As is self-deprecation! What I’m saying is don’t be salty about this sort of thing. Salty is a bad look.
In other news, the Morton Salt Company was incorporated in 1910, two years after the Cubs last World Series victory.
Jon Heyman reports that the Dodgers have “rebuffed offers” for Yasiel Puig.
Heyman says teams “appear to be bottom feeding for Puig,” making lowball trade proposals. The Dodgers may not have big future plans for Puig, but nor are they gonna sell low on him. And heck, maybe they have bigger plans for him now than they did a couple of weeks ago. He’s batting .396/.448/.698 with four home runs and 12 RBI in 14 games since his demotion to Triple-A Oklahoma. The guy who replaced him, Josh Reddick, is hitting .143/.211/.157 in 20 games since the Dodgers acquired him.
I doubt Puig steps foot in the Dodgers clubhouse before the end of the year, but it’s not like they can’t hold off and trade him in the offseason when teams can imagine him looking good in their uniform next spring.