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!