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  • Nearing the midway point of his third season in a White Sox uniform, Adam Dunn has already established himself as one of the most disappointing players in franchise history, according to Scot Gregor.

      Nearing the midway point of his third season in a White Sox uniform, Adam Dunn has already established himself as one of the most disappointing players in franchise history, according to Scot Gregor.
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You've been hearing about White Sox relief pitcher Jesse Crain and his desirable trade value.

Ditto for right fielder Alex Rios, veteran relievers Matt Lindstrom and Matt Thornton, and possibly injured starting pitcher Jake Peavy, shortstop Alexei Ramirez and second baseman Gordon Beckham.

Outside of No. 1 starter Chris Sale and closer Addison Reed, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn is likely open to trading any player on the roster.

That includes Adam Dunn.

Nearing the midway point of his third season in a White Sox uniform, Dunn has already established himself as one of the most disappointing players in franchise history.

Here's the big question: Is the hit-or-miss Dunn valued by other teams?

Heading into Saturday's play, Dunn ranked fourth in the American League with 19 home runs. He led the Sox with 44 RBI and 32 walks.

On the flip side, Dunn's .189 batting average was the lowest in the league, and second-lowest in the majors to Atlanta's B.J. Upton (.171).

Out of 86 qualified AL hitters, Dunn's .284 on-base percentage ranked 77th.

And he was batting .211 (16-for-76) with 32 strikeouts with runners in scoring position.

Former White Sox GM Kenny Williams was always a huge Dunn fan, and he tried landing the slugger in a 2010 trade from the Washington Nationals. When the deal fell through, Williams pounced on the free agent during the off-season and Dunn signed a four-year, $56 million contract.

In his first season with the Sox, Dunn batted .159. That would have been the lowest average in major-league history, but Dunn finished the year with 496 plate appearances, 6 shy of the required minimum.

Last year, Dunn bounced back and hit .204 with 41 home runs and 96 RBI. He also set a franchise record with 222 strikeouts.

Here a three hurdles Hahn must clear if he wants to trade Dunn:

Money:

It's always about the money, right?

In Dunn's case, he is owed roughly $8 million for the remainder of this season and $15 million in 2014.

If Hahn told rival GMs the White Sox would pick up the entire tab, Dunn could be gone tomorrow.

Realistically, if the Sox paid Dunn's remaining salary for this year, it would be a pretty good deal. If Hahn were asked to absorb the remaining $8 million for this season and $5 million for next year, would he do it?

Trade partner:

For as cliché as it sounds, it does take two teams to make a deal.

Identifying a team that needs Dunn's prodigious power and can live with all of the strikeouts is the tricky part.

The White Sox are the first AL team Dunn has played for, and his stats indicate he's a better fit back in the National League.

The Nationals, Dunn's most recent team, aren't getting much from Adam LaRoche at first base, so maybe that opens the door for a return to Washington.

The Pirates and Giants are two other NL contenders that might be looking for a power upgrade at first.

Among AL teams, the Orioles having a glaring hole at designated hitter, and the Athletics and Rays might also be interested in adding a big bat like Dunn.

Replacement:

The White Sox' offense is last in the league in a myriad of categories, so trading your leader in home runs and RBI doesn't sound like a wise decision.

But given all of Dunn's flaws, the Sox would likely make do.

Paul Konerko could handle the bulk of the DH duties, and left fielder Dayan Viciedo would be another option.

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