5 Reasons Why the Chicago White Sox Should Trade Adam Dunn

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5 Reasons Why the Chicago White Sox Should Trade Adam Dunn

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It has been an eventful offseason for the Chicago White Sox. While everyone was waiting to hear whether or not the near-legendary Paul Konerko was going to return for another season or retire, the Sox went about signing one of the more sought after first baseman in the baseball world; Jose Abreu. That worked well with the trade that brought young outfielder Adam Eaton over from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

There is only one problem. Konerko chose to return for another season instead of retiring. Why is that a problem? It is a problem because the Sox now have themselves in a situation where they have too many first baseman / designated hitters for their own good. They are absolutely going to have Konerko come back so that leaves Adam Dunn with very little to do and no one would want the big man to be in a platoon.

The answer is pretty clearly that they need to trade Dunn. Luckily enough, the White Sox have shown themselves plenty willing to trade a big name player over the last year. All they have to do is trade one more, get some more young talent for him and their movement in the right direction can continue. Here are five reasons they can and should trade Dunn. Feel free to leave a comment below with your opinion of the Dunn, Konerko and Abreu situation.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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5 – 2014 Free Agent

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Dunn still adds to the White Sox and could possibly do so in a limited role but he probably wouldn’t do so after this season anyway. He becomes a free agent after this upcoming season. The Sox are not going to re-sign the big guy more than likely which leaves them with a good trading block option.

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4 – Big Trade Value

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Though Dunn might not be quite what he seemed to once be a few years ago, he is still fairly young and still has the big bat ability that a lot of teams look for to fill the DH role. Several American League teams are still looking for the right guy to fill that role and would likely pay nicely in return prospects or players for someone of Dunn’s home run ability.

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3 – White Sox Youth Movement

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Eaton, Abreu and others from last season all prove that the White Sox are diving downward in age. The team is going towards a youthful trend and it seems to be one that is going to have a good chance of working. They have Konerko for an elder statesman and really don’t need Dunn if that is going to be their desire.

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2 – Jose Abreu

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Without the signing of Abreu there would be little question that the Sox would still need Dunn in some respect at least at the start of the season. Now because of his signing you know they are bound to give him all of the first base time so there will be no need for Dunn or Konerko. Konerko is coming back and can DH well which leaves Dunn again the odd man out.

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1 – Paul Konerko

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In the same way as the signing of Abreu, the return of Konerko guaranteed that Dunn was the odd man out, especially considering his before mentioned contract situation. If Konerko had retired then this wouldn’t be nearly as large of a possibility. He did not and therefore the Sox will find it hard to ignore this obvious trading opportunity.

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