(NEW YORK) — Around this time last season, the Chicago White Sox signed slugging first baseman Adam Dunn to a four-year $56 million contract, hoping they were adding a premier offensive player to their lineup. That didn’t happen as Dunn batted just .159 while hitting 11 home runs, and drove in only 42 runs. If you ask former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, he saw it coming in spring training.
“I looked at his swing and I told [bench coach] Joey Cora going home, ‘We’ve got a big problem,’ ” Guillen said while on “The Wadle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000.
“It was painful to see Adam Dunn every at-bat and walk behind me [in the dugout] with a long face [after] striking out,” Guillen went onto say.
Even though Dunn is a career .243 hitter, his power was never called into question before signing with the White Sox. In 2010 when he was a member of the Washington Nationals, Dunn belted 38 home runs and drove in 103 runs. He had hit at least 38 home runs in seven consecutive seasons before joining the White Sox.
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