One of the biggest bats on the market came off the board today.
Adam Dunn signed a four-year deal with the White Sox. The deal is worth $56 million, and the team is said to still be interested in Paul Konerko.
I’ve always liked Dunn. He’s an impressive combination of power and patience, but the Yankees clearly don’t have a spot for him. They could use a DH and a big bat, but they have much more important pieces to spend their money on, and they can’t really add a guy who’s best position is designated hitter.
A few other notes and links from the day:
• The Red Sox are bringing back Jason Varitek. In theory, he and Jarrod Saltalamacchia form a solid offensive platoon behind the plate. In theory.
• Short-term Yankees corner utility man Eric Hinske has re-signed with the Braves. In theory, the Yankees might be developing their own Hinske-type, power-hitting corner utility man in Brandon Laird.
• Erik Bedard is going back to Seattle. Don’t forget, the Mariners gave up Adam Jones to get him.
• Buster Olney gives a pretty cool prediction of how the dominoes will fall this offseason.
• Former Yankees reliever Jose Veras was among the players non-tendered today.
• Speaking of non-tenders… I realize the moves makes sense, but it always catches my eye when I see former legit prospects like Travis Buck and Edwin Encarnacion among the player let go. Nothing is a sure thing in this game.