Adam Dunn sees himself in a baseball uniform next year. That comes as news to some as the 34-year-old slugger had previously talked about moving away from the game. Speaking to MLB.com, the lefty explained:
"Yeah, as of right now, today, yeah. I plan on coming [back]. Again I could go out and stretch and say, 'I'm done, I'm not having any fun.' But I don't see that happening today."
The Chicago White Sox are only on the hook for one final year at $15 million for “The Big Donkey.” That means if Dunn wants to continue playing, he’ll need to improve upon a .219 batting average and .762 OPS he posted last year. While the 34 homers are a nice touch, the fact Dunn is also limited defensively could give some National League teams pause next offseason if he hits the open market.
With the hope of changing some of that, skipper Robin Ventura has been allowing Dunn to play a bit of left field in camp. Yet, all that seems to be accomplishing is creating an even bigger log jam between scheduled starter Alejandro De Aza and Dayan Viciedo. While nothing is certain, look for the experiment to fail and Dunn to get the majority of his at-bats from the DH position. In the same regard, if Jose Abreu struggles against righties, Dunn could slide to first base and provide a bit of lineup flexibility every so often.
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