Chicago White Sox: Three times signing old stars went wrong

Vincent Parise
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 30: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels looks on before the game against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on April 30, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 30: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels looks on before the game against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on April 30, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) /
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Chicago White Sox, Adam Dunn
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Adam Dunn crushed home runs for the Chicago White Sox but that’s about it.

Adam Dunn was pretty terrible for the White Sox. He had a really nice career where he made the All-Star Game a few times but it was never good for the White Sox. He was brought in when the team believed that they had a chance but we all know that they never did. He came when he was already past 30 and he didn’t age too well.

His 106 home runs that he hit for the White Sox in parts of four years were nice but his slash line of .201/.321/.410 with an OPS of .732. Dunn also had 720 strikeouts in those four years so that wasn’t good at all. It is one thing when you have lots of power but nothing else but it is even worse when a large portion of your at-bats lead to strikeouts.

Of all the teams he spent more than a year with, the White Sox were the ones that had the worst of his career. They did trade him to the Oakland Athletics at the 2014 deadline for Nolan Sanburn and cash.  Whenever the White Sox try to bring in some of these guys that are past their prime, they think that they are just going to hit the fountain of youth. Sometimes it does but it surely didn’t for Dunn.

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