The Chicago White Sox have finalized a four-year, $56 million deal with free-agent slugger Adam Dunn, according to a source familiar with the situation. Chicago general manager Kenny Williams pursued Dunn at the trade deadline in July without success. The team even spoke to Dunn's representatives at last week's general manager meetings, sources told ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine."
Dunn, 31, ranks second in the major leagues to Albert Pujols since 2004 with 282 home runs. He hit .260 with 38 homers and 103 RBIs for the Washington Nationals this season. Although Dunn has expressed an interest in staying in the National League and continuing to play first base, most scouts consider him better suited to the designated hitter role at this stage of his career.
The designated hitter spot was a major concern for the White Sox last season. Manager Ozzie Guillen's DH contingent hit only 18 home runs and logged a .728 aggregate OPS. Jerry Crasnick is a senior writer for ESPN.com. Bruce Levine covers baseball for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000. ESPNChicago.com's Doug Padilla contributed to this report.