Friday, Dec. 3, 2010
Official White Sox Press Release
CHICAGO The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on a four-year, 56-million contract with free agent first baseman Adam Dunn.
Dunn, 31, hit .260 (145-558) with 38 home runs, 103 RBI, 85 runs scored and 77 walks in 158 games with the Washington Nationals in 2010. He added a career-high 36 doubles with a .381 on-base and .536 slugging percentage while playing in 150-plus games for the seventh straight season.
Adam Dunn has been one of the premier left-handed power hitters in baseball for the last decade, said Ken Williams, White Sox general manager. Coupled with his patience at the plate, we think he is a great fit in our lineup and in our ballpark. Its no secret that we have coveted Adams services for quite some time, so it goes without saying how excited we are to bring him into the fold.
The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Dunn ranked among the National League leaders in home runs (2nd), home run ratio (2nd, 14.68), extra-base hits (3rd, 76), slugging percentage (5th), RBI (T7th), total bases (T8th, 299) and OPS (9th, .892). He made 151 of his 153 starts at first base (two at designated hitter).
Dunn is a career .250 (1,246-4,975) hitter with 354 home runs and 880 RBI in 1,448 games with Cincinnati (2001-08), Arizona (2008) and the Nationals (2009-10). He owns a .902 OPS, including a .381 on-base and .521 slugging percentage, with 990 walks and 865 runs scored.
Dunn has recorded 40 or more home runs in a season five times (career-best 46 in 2004), 100-plus RBI six times, 100-plus walks seven times and 100-plus runs scored three times. In each of the last seven seasons from 2004-10, he hit between 38 and 46 home runs and drove in between 92 and 106 runs. He is the only player in baseball to hit at least 38 home runs each season during that span.
In 2009, Dunn became the eighth player in major-league history to record five straight 40-home run seasons, joining Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey Jr., Ralph Kiner, Alex Rodriguez, Babe Ruth, Duke Snider and Sammy Sosa.
Since the start of the 2004 season, Dunn leads the major leagues with four seasons of at least 40 home runs, 100 RBI and 100 walks (no one else has more than two). During that span, he ranks among the major-league leaders in walks (1st, 750), home runs (2nd, 282), home run ratio (4th, 13.43), RBI (9th, 709) and total bases (10th, 2,033).
A 2002 National League All-Star with Cincinnati, Dunn has played 1,097 career games in the outfield (1,011 at left field and 104 in right) and 347 at first base.