Oakland, CA, United States (4E Sports) – As part of their postseason push, the Oakland Athletics have acquired slugger Adam Dunn from the Chicago White Sox.
The Athletics shipped minor league pitcher Nolan Sanburn to the White Sox for Dunn and unspecified cash considerations.
According to sources, Oakland will pay approximately half of the remaining $2.5 million owed to Dunn this season.
The 34-year-old Dunn, who has 460 career home runs, is in the last year of a four-year, $56 million deal. He is batting .220 with 20 homers, 54 RBIs and a .340 on-base percentage this season.
Because of a no-trade clause, Dunn had to approve the move to the Athletics, who are in need of offensive firepower despite leading the majors in runs scored.
In August, the Athletics rank only 20th in runs following the trade of Yoenis Cespedes for Jon Lester on July 31.
In order for a player to be eligible for a postseason roster, he must be a member of the playoff team by Aug. 31, meaning Dunn will be available for the Athletics if they reach the postseason.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Dunn will be missed in the clubhouse.
“Great teammate. Those are the things, for me, that are really important things that people don’t see, is him inside the clubhouse, just kind of how to act, how to go about your business and be accountable,” said White Sox manager Robin Ventura.
“I think he’s one of the best I’ve ever been around for that, so I’m happy that he gets to go somewhere and get a chance to make it to the playoffs. But he’s a guy that came in and I know that for all three years, he’s been a leader,” he added.