White Sox agree to terms with Adam Dunn

White Sox agree to terms with Adam Dunn

Friday, Dec. 3, 2010
11:48 AM

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.

A Hobbled Hero: Baez, Cubs keep finding wild ways to win

A Hobbled Hero: Baez, Cubs keep finding wild ways to win

Javy Baez has only seen one pitch in the Cubs-Phillies series, but that's all he needs to make a major impact.

"El Mago" notched his first walk-off RBI since May 8, 2016 in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday night, lacing the only pitch he saw from Juan Nicasio down the right-field line. Baez had missed the entire series to that point due to a heel injury he suffered Sunday in Washington D.C. and actually underwent an MRI before Tuesday's game to make sure there was no other damage.

Baez's single put the finishing touches on the Cubs' first win this season when trailing after eight innings. They now lead the majors with five walk-off victories.

After another blown lead by the bullpen (the third in the last week), the Cubs entered the bottom of the ninth down 2-1, but Kris Bryant led off with a walk and then Anthony Rizzo doubled. After a Willson Contreras flyout, Jason Heyward was intentionally walked and then Albert Almora Jr. hit a tapper in front of home plate that Bryant just barely beat out at home to tie the game.

Then came Baez, as Joe Maddon opted to go to the hobbled star in place of Daniel Descalso, who was 0-for-4 on the evening to that point.

Prior to the ninth inning, Maddon wasn't sure if Baez would even be available to pinch hit in the game, but trainer P.J. Mainville taped up Javy's foot/ankle at the start of the inning and gave the Cubs skipper the all-clear.

"Just give PJ some credit on the tape job," Maddon joked. "This is right out of the Lombardi era kind of stuff. Tape and aspirin — go ahead and play. That's what everybody's football coach said."

If Baez hadn't delivered the walk-off hit and the Cubs wound up in extra innings, Maddon said he didn't know if Baez would be able to even play the field on his injured heel and the only player left on the bench was backup catcher Victor Caratini.

"In moments like that, you can only think it so far," Maddon said. "And then at some point, you gotta throw it at the wall and see what happens."

Maddon doesn't know if Baez will be able to play Wednesday night, but plans to make two lineups and then check with the shortstop to see about his status when he arrives at the field.

Baez's Cubs teammates are no longer surprised at the ridiculous things he does or how easy he makes some very difficult tasks look. Bryant joked he was actually upset Baez didn't hit it over the fence for a walk-off grand slam.

"I don't even know what's going on with him half the time anyway," Bryant said. "It's like, 'oh, Javy's pinch-hitting. And then I was debating like, 'don't swing at the first pitch," but I was like, 'no, it's Javy.' 

"It was awesome. He just like goes up there and swings the bat. If he didn't have to run to first base, he wouldn't. It's just like, 'I'm so good, I'm just gonna get this hit and then we're gonna go home.'"

However awe-inspiring Baez's Kirk Gibson impression was, the only reason the Cubs were even in the spot to win the game at that moment was because of the hustle and aggressive baserunning from Bryant. 

His game-tying run on Almora's tapper in front of the plate was huge, but his first trip around the bases was even more impressive. 

With Bryant on second base and Rizzo on first in the first inning, both runners were off on the full-count pitch to Contreras, who hit a routine grounder to Phillies shortstop Jean Segura. As Segura made the throw to first to retire Contreras, Bryant never hesitated around third base and scored on some heads-up, aggressive baserunning that looked like a page right out of the El Mago Playbook.

Bryant said as he was running, he thought about what it's like to play the left side of the infield on such a routine play and felt like he could catch the Phillies by surprise.

"I saw [third base coach Brian Butterfield] holding me up, too, and I just kept going," Bryant said. "I almost felt like I had eyes in the back of my head. It was kind of like one of those experiences that it's hard to explain, but I just kept going."

That run was all Jose Quintana and the Cubs needed for six innings, until Carl Edwards Jr. came on in relief for the seventh. Edwards allowed a leadoff single and then a double two batters later, giving way to Brandon Kintzler with two outs.

Kintzler gave up a groundball single up the middle to Andrew McCutchen and just like that, the Cubs' thin 1-0 lead had evaporated in the blink of an eye. And with the offensive issues (they were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position before Baez's hit), that looked to be enough to send the Cubs to their second straight defeat in frustrating fashion.

But the magic of El Mago and Bryant allowed the Cubs to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and send fans home happy and with a little more belief that this just might be a special summer on Chicago's North Side.

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Jake Arrieta discusses his return & Mark DeRosa talks the leadoff spot


Cubs Talk Podcast: Jake Arrieta discusses his return & Mark DeRosa talks the leadoff spot

Hear from Jake Arrieta after his first start as a visitor at Wrigley Field, including his thoughts on facing his former teammates and the standing ovation he received during his first at-bat (1:30). Then, Luke Stuckmeyer is joined by MLB Network's Mark DeRosa to discuss the Cubs' leadoff spot, the team outperforming expectations so far, and much more (8:15).

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