Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported Tuesday that White Sox first baseman Adam Dunn is thinking of retiring at the end of the season.
We all know there's no way that's going to happen, so let me pause for a moment while you finish chuckling at the absurdity of it all ....
OK, now that you're done, I'll point out that Dunn has one year left on his contract with the Sox, and that contract is worth $15 million. That means Dunn has 15 million good reasons to come back and play next year, no matter how bad the Sox are going to be.
The 33-year-old Dunn has a legitimate shot at 500 home runs. He needs just 64 more. But, he claims neither money nor milestones will cause him to continue playing.
“I’m not coming back just to come back for money or because I have one
year left (on his contract),” Dunn told Fox Sports on Tuesday. “I’m not
coming back to chase home run numbers or whatever. If I end up with 499
and I’m not having fun, see ya -- 499 it is.”
I don't buy it. I think Dunn is speaking out of frustration. The Sox are 56-81 this year, far worse than even the biggest pessimist could have imagined. Dunn's buddy, Jake Peavy, got traded to a contending Boston team midseason. Other veterans, like Alex Rios, Matt Thornton and Jesse Crain, were also moved to clubs that are in the hunt.
You can bet your life the Sox tried to trade Dunn as well, but found no takers. Dunn is stuck on a losing team with an increasingly young roster, and he's jealous of Peavy and others who were traded to teams that are in a more favorable situation. More than anything, that is the source of Dunn's torment.
Count Sox manager Robin Ventura among the people who believe Dunn will play next year.
“I don’t see him not playing (next season). I’ve heard a lot of guys say that, and they still play," Ventura told Fox Sports. "“It’s tough. For (veterans) like that, it’s hard to go through. You’re
frustrated. Sometimes, it’s you. Sometimes, it’s the way the team is
playing. But it doesn’t guarantee anything for next season. He has been
around long enough to know next year could be different. It can be
better than it is right now."
Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see Dunn retire. I'd love for the Sox to have $15 million more to spend on someone or something else. But that just isn't going to happen. If I had to take a guess, I'd say the Sox and Dunn are mutually stuck with each other through 2014.
See you next spring in Glendale, Adam.