Multiple sources are now reporting that Chicago White Sox general manager Kenny Williams is locked in on Adam Dunn and putting everything he's got on the table in an attempt to land the big slugging first baseman and bring him to Chicago's home run friendly ballpark in the American League.
According to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, Williams is said to have offered "anyone and anything" that the White Sox have in the minor leagues to put together a package for Dunn, including prospects Daniel Hudson and Dayan Viciendo.
So why isn't Adam Dunn a member of the White Sox yet?
Apparently Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo has been steadfastly insisting upon the inclusion of either second baseman Gordon Beckham or right fielder Carlos Quentin in the deal. Rizzo can make these demands comfortably; Dunn is in the final year of his current contract and has indicated a desire to remain with the Nationals, given the opportunity.
Nevertheless, Dunn has expressed frustration in recent weeks with the slowed pace of negotiations on a new contract or extension, and has indicated that perhaps time is running out for the Nationals to resign him.
Dunn playing in U.S. Cellular Field, one of the American League's more home run ballparks, would be a sight to behold for sure.
Nevertheless, there are issues with a move to the South Side, as Dunn insists that he does not wish to be a permanent designated hitter, and Paul Konerko has occupied the first baseman's role for the White Sox for over a decade now.
This creates a substantial likelihood that, even if the White Sox acquire Dunn, he may move on after the season and Williams will have nothing to show for his trade. At the same time, though, if half a season of Adam Dunn gets the White Sox back to the World Series, it will all have been worth it.
This will all happen, or not happen, quickly though; Williams is said to have made his pitch and is simply waiting to hear back from Rizzo.
The prospect of adding Daniel Hudson to the Nationals' pitching staff, by the way, is not unexciting. Hudson is a 6'4" right-hander whom the White Sox drafted in the fifth round in 2008, and in three years has blown through four levels of minor league ball with a 30-13 record and a 2.90 ERA with 364 strikeouts in 310 innings.
He'd look pretty good as a number two behind Stephen Strasburg.
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