Dunn will move to the American League, leaving behind Nationals Park for the cozy confines of U.S. Cellular Field. The “Big Donkey” wasn’t getting much protection in the Washington lineup (Michael Morse anyone?), which is the likely cause of pitchers throwing less strikes at him in 2010. Dunn’s Zone% dropped 4% to 41.4% last season. Moving into Chicago’s lineup should help him see better pitches and get back to the 40 HR plateau we were so accustomed to seeing him reach in the past.
So much for the Tyler Flowers era in Chicago. The Sox have brought back Michael Barrett’s punching bag, AJP. The most hated player in baseball will look to bounce back from a down year that seen him hit .270 with 9 HR. Pierzynski’s two-year deal will keep Tyler Flowers, the White Sox catching prospect, in AAA (likely). Flowers did regress at the plate in 2010, hitting .220 and striking out in 35% of his At Bats. A 35% K% in AAA is pretty fugly.
We’ll see if Kenny can sign Paul Konerko and talk him or Dunn into DH’ing.