The Chicago White Sox have made the first big splash of the 2013-14 Major League offseason already, signing the latest Cuban sensation Jose Dariel Abreu to the largest international contract that the game has ever seen for a player first making his way over to the bigs.
They’re expected to be a very busy club this winter, as they look to rebound from what was a completely abysmal 2013 regular season. With the signing of Abreu, it could actually end up opening the door for one of the better trade chips that this team actually possesses, in Adam Dunn.
Initially, the White Sox weren’t expected to try and deal Dunn this winter. The signing of Abreu, who is expected to bring the type of power that Dunn brings to the mix, without some of the drawbacks, could open the door for just that, though. Even if Paul Konerko does decide to call it a career.
Dunn is a source of power in the middle of the lineup, but he doesn’t bring much else to the mix. His average for his career is only .238, and it was much lower in 2013. He strikes out about 200 times a year, and at this point, he’s not a guy that you’d exactly trust in the field.
The team already connected to the veteran slugger is the Houston Astros. The White Sox would be wise to pursue such a deal with a club like the Astros, who have the prospect depth to make a deal worth it, especially with the White Sox having as poor a farm system as they do.
This will be a situation to watch this winter. The free agent market isn’t particularly impressive, meaning the trade market will be a place many teams will turn for action. A source of power like Dunn, even with his flaws, is an intriguing target for many teams. The addition of Abreu in Chicago makes him expendable.