In a shocking development, the Chicago White Sox have traded DH (and occasional pitcher) Adam Dunn to the Oakland Athletics for pitcher, Nolan Sanburn. The move comes after the Sox traded outfielder, Alejandro De Aza to the Baltimore Orioles for two minor league pitchers. It appears the White Sox are trying to clear salary before this afternoon’s waiver deadline.
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Dunn, 34, was signed to a deal before the 2011 season, and came with high expectations. However, his abnormally high strikeout rate landed him on the outs with many in the organization. He is a free agent after this season, and was due 15 million dollars for the year. He hit .220, with 20 home runs, and a 30% strikeout rate.
In return, the White Sox landed minor leaguer, Nolan Sanburn. Sanburn, 23, was a second round draft pick for the Athletics in 2012. He is currently pitching in advanced-A ball. So far this year, he has a 3.28 ERA, with a 9.21 k/9 rate.
The deal makes sense for both sides. The A’s, who have struggled with offense as of late, need the power Dunn can provide either as a DH, or as a pinch hitter. The Sox, on the other hand, were able to ditch spare parts that didn’t factor into their long term plans.
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