Adam Dunn Leaves Nationals, Signs Four-Year Contract With Chicago White Sox

Adam Dunn's tenure in Washington D.C. appears to be over. The Chicago White Sox have reportedly signed him to a four-year, $56 million contract.

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Ryan Zimmerman Calls Adam Dunn Signing With White Sox 'Unfortunate'

Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is arguably the face of the Washington Nationals, at least until Stephen Strasburg really establishes himself. Last season, Zimmerman had his best year as a pro, thanks in part to Adam Dunn's presence next to him in the middle of the lineup. 

So you can imagine that he wasn't too thrilled with the news that Dunn signed a four-year, $56 million contract with the Chicago White Sox earlier today. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post caught up with Zimmerman, and Zimmerman called the situation "unfortunate."

"I'd be disappointed for me," Zimmerman said. "I'm very happy for him. Obviously, if he's going to go there, he's going to get a four-year deal, and that's what he deserves. He doesn't get the amount of respect he deserves for what he does every year.

"There's no question he wanted to be here. So it's unfortunate. I couldn't be happier for him that someone's recognizing his work."

They're just words, and there is a legitimate argument that tying up so much money to a player over 30 that is as bad at defense as Dunn is a poor idea. But it's also worth noting that Zimmerman is the face of the franchise, and his words carry a lot of weight. After all, he'll be a free agent eventually, right?

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Report: Adam Dunn Signs Four-Year Contract With Chicago White Sox

It was pretty obvious that Adam Dunn wasn't going to stick around with the Washington Nationals going forward. Now, it looks like it's close to official. According to various reports, the Chicago White Sox have signed Dunn to a four-year, $56 million contract. Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated was the first to note the news, and Peter Gammonds was the first to report that Dunn got $56 million.  

Dunn hit 40 home runs for the Nationals last season, anchoring the middle of their lineup, but the Nationals seemed unwilling to commit a lot of payroll to him, considering his advanced age and poor defense. With Chicago, he will likely shift between first base and designated hitter, depending on the status of Paul Konerko. The White Sox have coveted Dunn for some time, and they closed in on a deal with him earlier today.

Dunn was nearly traded to the White Sox at the trade deadline, but a three-way deal involving the White Sox and Diamondbacks never materialized. Now, it appears the White Sox have their man without having to surrender anything more than the 23rd pick in next year's MLB Draft.  (Note: the Nationals will also receive a supplemental pick between the first and second round).

According to Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post, the Nationals offered Dunn a three-year, $35 million contract at season's end, but Dunn did not accept it. The Nationals will now turn to other options like Tampa Bay's Carlos Pena, who they have been rumored to covet for a while. 

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