Adam Dunn is all but done. And talk about changing the balance of power, here’s the latest tweet from Joe Cowley:
Several Sox players are under the belief that not only is Dunn done deal, but PK [Paul Konerko] is close. Seems the demise of JR’s checkbook is exaggerated
I have no idea if a team’s players are the best source for this kind of thing, but one way they would know is if their buddy Konerko was texting them stuff like “no worries; my deal is almost done.”
Getting both Dunn and Konerko would be huge for the White Sox. Expensive, but huge. Having the two of them in the lineup together could launch them past the Twins if each team’s remaining moves break even.
Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.
When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.
Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.