Update: White Sox sign Dunn

Kenny Williams made his first bold move of the offseason, and has a left-handed bat to show for it.

Four years, $56 million is the latest word. More to come later, but feel free to get a head-start on the discussion now.
Update: Ken Rosenthal says it’s so.

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striker

Fugg Yes! Finally some White Sox offseason action. They think Konerko will resign too.

LS_SoX_FN

ken rosenthals twitter feed says its confirmed…
when will we know if paul is coming back as well?

David

Bye, bye draft picks!

LS_SoX_FN

Meh, wed have botched it anyway… Im very excited about this, not gonna lie

bigfun

Considering 2008 and 2010, I don’t see any reason to be so pessimistic about what they can do with a first-round pick.

LS_SoX_FN

i think adam dunn for the 23rd pick is a pretty good bet. Its highly unlikely wed have done better

dalton

Think the 23rd pick in the draft will be a 38 HR/100 RBI guy with a .380 OBP for the next four years? Doubtful. Great signing by Chicago. Nice work, Kenny.

knoxfire30

Nice deal, hope they bring konerko back as well now, thats a nice 3,4,5 PK, Dunn, Rios.
I remember Konerko saying it meant a lot to him when the sox brought Thome in during the 06 offseason, and that helped make the decesion to resign easier, this hopefully does the same.

bigfun

I’m surprised, Knox. You said you thought 3/36 was about right, I thought you would dislike 4/56 more.
I think this is a mediocre move but if nothing else it’s a clear repudiation of the Mandruw Kojones era, and that’s worth something.

knoxfire30

oh i think its a bit of an overpay, but sometimes thats what it takes to get what you want, its 14 instead of 12 mil a year, and one more year then i would have liked
our offense got better today anyway you slice it

dalton

In that fourth year, he’ll be 35, right? Same age as Konerko was? No reason to think he won’t be able to put up a season like Paulie did in ’10. I mean, since we’re all just speculating here…

LS_SoX_FN

So… lets say we resign Paul… anyway we can build a deal around buehrle to get colby rasmus?

bigfun

No, unless “building around” includes Beckham or something.

LS_SoX_FN

meh… cant move bacon… Guess we’ll just have to hope Q… can find his ! again…

arrow

Goodbye, Paulie.

stopdrop8

No, KW confirmed that there is room for paulie too: http://twitter.com/cst_sox/status/10462975177531392
Even if it doesn’t work out with konerko, if there’s room for him then there’s room for lee, laroche or pena. I’m really excited about this. A 2-7 of beckham, rios, konerko, dunn, quentin, alexei is pretty impressive.

knoxfire30

i think the 2-5 would be beckham, konerko, dunn, rios, but im not sure after that

rathss

Pena would be a great alternative if PK doesn’t fit in the payroll. Plus it’d be a bit of payback, since Rizzo is supposed to be looking at him too.

cushinglee

Dunn AND Paulie would be pretty nice.

moroots

this is awesome.

soxexile

I’m just glad that this marks the end of the BS rotating DH plan. Dunn’s another slow slugger, which should benefit Jim’s “embrace the homers” strategy. It probably helps re-sign Paulie, assume KW’s serious that he can afford it, because Konerko likely commands a similar salary.
So much for KW laying low this offseason……

buford

Dunn vs. LHP
2008 .195/.351/.422
2009 .268/.351/.436
2010 .199/.304/.416
Dunn OPS – LHP vs. RHP
LHP RHP
2008 .773 .951
2009 .787 .978
2010 .719 .965
Are 2010 numbers meaningful or just Dunn pressing against LHP to put up big numbers for free agency ?
In any event, he still smacks RHP. And most LHH have their problems with LHP.
If he only plays 1st base in the father/son game, good acquisition.

talkendo

This contract is an overpay. If Kenny says he has money to still pay PK (and DOES pay him), then I’m on board with this move. If not, the loss of PK outweighs Dunn’s addition; maybe not in the numbers, but I don’t hear anyone raving about Dunn’s leadership or clubhouse qualities. PR disaster level if PK leaves:6 out of 10 (where jeter leaving NYY is 32millliontrillion)
Dunn can mash, but he has the potential to be THE most frustrating member of your 2011, 2012, 2013 AND 2014 Chicago White Sox. The number to remember here is 183. That’s Adam Dunn’s 162game AVERAGE of strikeouts (The Gentlemen Masher’s was a mere 162). Get ready for a STRONG breeze coming out of The Cell this next four years.
I STILL wish we’d thrown a 2-3 year contract at Thome last year.

buford

“The number to remember here is 183.”
No. The numbers to remember are .381/.521/.902.
Those are Dunn’s lifetime OBP % / Slugging % / OPS.
A power hitter who strikes out a lot. Imagine that.

buford

“Inverse logic”
I like that. I’m going to steal it – I mean, borrow it – for future use.

dalton

It’s not like we’re talking about Dave Kingman here. His 162-game average for Ks was 152 (he also would bring you 37 HR and 101 RBI per 162 games), but unlike Dunn, the guy was about as good at getting on base as AJ.

stopdrop8

Assuming that we give konerko a similar contract (lets say 3 years, 36 million), where does that leave viciedo? Assuming morel plays capably at third ( and hopefully even if he doesn’t, viciedo isnt considered a legitimate option there),is it safe to assume he’s going to wind up as trade bait?

froboy22301

I like the sign, considering Paulie will resign. I like the combo of Dunn giving PK a break from 1st along with viciedo if he’s on our bench. All around a good sign

David

This is exciting…and nerve wracking.
The Dunn contract should be fine, at most a slight overpay if he doesn’t play the OF and rarely plays 1B. Although, it’s an awful lot to pay a DH if you’re not NY or BOS. It will be interesting to see the contract structure. I’d expect it to be soft up front, especially 2011, with Linebrink, Buerhle, Pierre, Edwin, etc. off the books after 2011.
I’m concerned that they are so excited to re-sign PK. It feels like they are headed towards making a bad decision with both years and amount for #14. I maintain multiple years is a bad idea, especially at 8 figures per.
I think this means 2 of 3 are gone…Quentin, AJ, Edwin. I’m having a hard time believing Jerry is handing out blank checks so Kenny can be “all in”.

bschwill

Awesome!

john

Any idea how much the Sox stand to collect on Peavy’s insurance policy and is that any reason for why they suddenly started growing money on trees?

buford

Don’t hold me to this, but I believe in order to collect any insurance, the player has to be on the DL from the beginning of the season. If he goes on the DL the 2nd game of the season or later, you can’t collect.
It was reported that Peavy may not be ready until June. If that’s the case, Peavy would be on the DL for 2 months or 1/3 of the season. This would equate to $5M/$6M in reimbursement.
This assumes that Peavy is, n fact. insured and for the full amount of his contract.
It also assumes I have a clue about baseball insurance.

buford

“If only there were a baseball writer with sources who might be able to nail this clown..”
Was this what you really wanted to write ?
As I watch Oprah with Dr. Phil as her guest, there’s a writer’s name on the tip of my tongue that would phil your request but …

ricksch

Kenny continues to go “all in”. I have to say it’s gutsy. I really saw them going the other way with this team, or moving incrementally while waiting for some big contracts to come off next season.
I don’t like one-way players as a rule, but the Cell is a homer dome and this solves the power from the left side issue in a big way.
The Piersynski signing is a “meh” for me, but if it helps to bring Paulie back, then so be it. I think the price was reasonable — 2 for $8m. I guess their faith is Flowers is confirmed.
Sox team budget going over $120m?