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!

Video: Jake Arrieta hits a 465-foot home run off of Zack Greinke

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Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.

The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.

Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.

Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.

Luis Valbuena to miss four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring

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Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.

Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.