By Mike Moritz
Switching over to the American League after starting with the NL for the first two Team-Posts, I'm gonna go ahead and write about one of my favorite teams. But the Chigcago White Sox are not my third favorite team for any peticular reason, they just are, I don't know why but I like them. They finshed second in the AL Central to the Minnesota Twins by six games and won 88.
The White Sox and GM Kenny Williams brought in a great signing in the four-year, $56 million deal that is bringing the powerful Adam Dunn and his 287 pound body frame to the South Side. Just like the White Sox are one my favorite teams, Dunn is one of my favorite players in the league. He gets on base at a rate that holds 131 points between his career batting average (.250) and OBP (.381). He sees consistanly sees over 4.00 P/PA and has never hit less 26 homers but is esstially a consistant 40 homer guy. O yeah, and he is amazingly durable. Look, I am not going to overlook his weird year last year. His walk rate was his lowest of his career (11.9%) and his strike out rate (35.7%) and his BABIP (.329) were his highest of career. His P/PA also dropped to 4.11 after averaging around 4.20 P/PA througout his career. And most notably, his O-Swing% was way off: 19.4% in 2009 and 28.5% in 2010. His Contact% also dropped to 68.2% with a career 71.1% mark. Definitely something weird is going on here. I will elaborate on this topic in a full post on him sometime before the season starts. But this is still a great sign, perhaps a little too much money for a DH.
The White Sox also brought back and