Former Washington Nationals all-star first baseman Adam Dunn signed a four-year $56 million contract with the Chicago White Sox today. It is not yet clear whether or not the slugger will remain a first baseman or move to designated hitter after his move to the American League. As a result of the deal, the Nationals will receive Chicago's 2011 first round pick (23rd overall) and a sandwich pick between first and second round.
Dunn, 31, had been looking for a long term deal since the winter of 2008. He couldn't find it then, settling on a two-year $20 million deal with the Nationals, and many felt he couldn't find it this year either. The White Sox however showed their commitment to landing the slugger, as they added an extra fourth year to the deal, something no other team had appeared to be willing to do.
The Nationals were one of those in the camp who believed Dunn couldn't get a four year deal, offering Dunn a three-year extension this season. Not wanting to find himself a 34-year-old free agent, he kept his options open, hoping that some team would take a chance on him. In the end he found the deal he wanted for a potential competitor.
I say, good for Adam Dunn. He wanted a four year deal, and he got it. It's not as if he chose another team over the Nationals who offered the same deal, the White Sox simply showed they valued him more than Washington. And that's ok. Dunn gave us two strong seasons at a discount rate, we really can't ask for much more than that. Personally I wish Dunn the absolute best in Chicago and hopefully they will compete, giving Adam his first-ever post season appearance.