Adam Dunn apparently wants to talk his way out of town.
I hope Rick Hahn is listening.
The White Sox designated hitter and first baseman who can’t play first base had more thoughts on his future in the final week of this remarkable death spiral.
“They don’t owe it to me; I just hope the communication line is there,’’ Dunn told the Chicago Sun-Times. “I don’t want to come into spring, everything fine and dandy, and then, 'Oops, see ya. Up and gone.' But I don’t think it will be like that.’’
Dunn was out of the lineup for half a week, and when he did bat, he struck out four times in Cleveland on Tuesday night. Thanks for playing our game.
Dunn, who is owed $15 million for next season, yeesh, also told the newspaper that if he’s traded, “I just don’t want to get ambushed by it -- getting the 11:30-at-night call.’’
Well, sure, Adam. The Sox are here to serve you. They shouldn’t ambush you, for instance, the way you ambushed them in the first season of a $54 million deal when you had to be benched because you stunk while stealing a season’s worth of money.
When exactly is the right time for you to be told you’re gone, Adam? Just leave a DND on your phone until then, OK?
Here’s a tip, Adam: The Sox dumping you is not Comcast giving you a window for a service call.
Yes, Mr. Dunn, we can trade you Wednesday between the hours of 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Please make sure someone over the age of 18 who can hit better than .250 is at home.
You know when it’ll happen, Adam? When some team under the influence says yes to taking a 13-year major leaguer who has never led his team into the playoffs. Who has never followed his team into the playoffs. Who has never participated in the playoffs without a remote control.
Earlier in the season, don’t forget, Dunn said he wouldn’t continue playing baseball unless it was fun. Dunn was playing for one of the worst teams in the league and one of the worst Sox teams in history. And he was still playing. Some fun, huh? Way to set the bar high, pal.
But here’s the thing: As aggravating as Dunn’s comments are in the final week of this death spiral of a season, Dunn is one of the few Sox regulars who has come closest to his career averages. He's bad and getting worse here, but that tells you how the Sox managed one of the worst lineups in the majors.
So, trading Dunn wouldn’t make the Sox much worse. It could only make them better, and it should’ve happened at the trade deadline. I’m thinking that it didn’t because other teams wanted the Sox to pay Dunn’s salary. Maybe everybody in the majors thinks it’s a Chicago thing, seeing as how the Cubs pay ransom after ransom to dump players.
The Sox don’t do business like that, even when they’re rebuilding and desperate to play toy soldiers. Still, it has to happen. Dunn has to go. This team has to lose the softball player in place of baseball players. Fewer Dunns, more Garcias.
Hahn’s trades indicate the Sox are moving toward a roster that can field, run, hit, throw -- you know, actual smart, complete players. In theory, anyway. I don’t know if Hahn will get it right, but he seems smart enough to know how stupid and bad this roster is. The Sox couldn’t run the bases with a Garmin this season, and by the time they get done playing defense, the ball is square.
So, there’s a lot to fix behind a pitching staff that is dying because it has been forced to get so many extra outs and gotten no help offensively because of basic idiocy.
Dunn said he doesn’t want to come back if the Sox rebuild in 2014. I appreciate Dunn's honesty, but I'd also appreciate his exit because as long as Dunn is around, the Sox can’t rebuild. It doesn’t have to start with trading Dunn, but it can't be finished until he’s gone. Dunn has no place in whatever the Sox want to be when they grow up.