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The White Sox, Adam Dunn on the verge of a four-year, $56 million deal

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UPDATEThe 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!

Braves ink Blaine Boyer to a minor league deal

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 2:  Relief pitcher Blaine Boyer #48 of the Milwaukee Brewers delivers to home plate during the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on October 2, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.

Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.

Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.

Report: Rays nearing a deal with Shawn Tolleson

ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 18: Reliever Shawn Tolleson #37 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals in the eighth inning at Busch Stadium on June 18, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.

Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.