If reports on Thursday afternoon are accurate, the Chicago White Sox could announce a deal with free agent slugger Adam Dunn on a four-year deal worth $56 million as soon as Friday.
Dunn has been an outfielder and, more recently, a first baseman with the Cincinnati Reds, Arizona Diamondbacks and Washington Nationals in a 10-year Major League career. He has averaged over 35 home runs per season for his career, but hasn't hit fewer than 38 since 2003.
With all due respect to Dunn's 6-6, 285 pound frame, this is a BIG deal for the White Sox.
For American League fans not familiar with Dunn, what the Sox are getting is a 31-year-old slugger that will bring the same dynamic to the middle of the Sox order that Jim Thome did. He boasts a career .381 on-base percentage and hits 500-foot bombs regularly.
Oh, and he was playing quarterback at the University of Texas until Chris Simms showed up.
There are new reports that the Sox may be close to bringing back Paul Konerko as well.
Dunn hits missiles and drives in runs. This is a major addition for the Sox, and the South Side should be excited.
In fact, many Sox fans will remember that, at the trade deadline in the 2010 season, Kenny Williams traded for Edwin Jackson and the widely reported reason for the deal was because the Washington Nationals wanted Jackson in a deal for Dunn.
Well, Jackson had a stellar run to end the season with the White Sox, and now Williams has landed Dunn without unloading the bounty of prospects with Jackson to acquire the slugger.
Dunn reportedly wanted $60M over four years, but took less money to help the Sox (hopefully) keep Konerko.