Adam Dunn just signed with the Chicago White Sox, upgrading their offense immediately. Â This is a huge deal for the team, as they might lose Paul Konerko to free agency, after he decided to turn down their arbitration offer. Â If they get him back though, the White Sox would have a very good middle of their order in the 2011 season.
According to ESPN, Dunn signed for $56 million over the next four seasons, marking another increase in his salary that will pay him around $14 million (on average) per season. Â The White Sox just got a huge upgrade to their offense, and one of the best hitters at getting on base. Â Dunn's batting average may not be one of the best, but his walks typically push his on base percentage up around the league leaders.
Last year, Dunn played for the Washington Nationals, making $12 million in his final contract year with them. Â He hit .260 with 38 home runs and 103 RBI, but also had 77 walks to go along with that. Â The last seven years, Dunn has had at least 38 home runs every season, with time spent in Washington, Arizona, and Cincinnati over that time span. Â This is a great signing for the White Sox, even if Dunn hasn't had the buzz of someone like Cliff Lee in this free agent market.
What do you think about the Dunn signing baseball fans? Â Did the White Sox just get a lot better? Â Do they need to still sign Konerko? Â Also, will this increase the amount of money Konerko gets from another franchise now?
Source:Â Adam Dunn Stats