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Dunn a great fit for Sox and the Cell

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  • Adam Dunn has agreed to join the Chicago White Sox for a four-year, $56 million contract, according to sources.

      Adam Dunn has agreed to join the Chicago White Sox for a four-year, $56 million contract, according to sources.
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Adam Dunn figures to be a monster signing for the White Sox.

With the way the ball carries at U.S. Cellular Field, the left-handed hitting Dunn should have no trouble hitting 40 homers for the Sox, provided he stays healthy. As far as the Cubs go, general manager Jim Hendry always has loved Dunn, but he came too pricey for the North Siders this year, and the Cubs had concerns about Dunn's defense at first base.

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With the White Sox, Dunn can DH and play some first base, depending on what happens with Paul Konerko, making him a potentially awesome offensive weapon.

Having watched Chicago baseball since the 1960s, I can tell you that that the three most fearsome left-handed hitters I've seen coming into Wrigley Field were Willie McCovey, Barry Bonds and Dunn.

Dunn has hit 41 homers against the Cubs, 25 coming at Wrigley Field, a notoriously tough place for left-handed hitters to play their trade.

At the Cell, where the ball carries to right and right-center better than it does at Wrigley, Dunn can transform the White Sox.

I don't care how many times Dunn strikes out; he has a lifetime hitting line of .250/.381/.521 with 354 home runs. He could reach the 400 plateau this year, and he could well hit No. 500 while with the Sox. I'm not saying Dunn is a Hall of Fame player just yet, but we all know where 500-homer guys usually end up.

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