Wednesday, September 4, 2013
By AJ Mass
He's been in a major league uniform since 2001, but no active player has appeared in more games without having made a post-season appearance. With the Chicago White Sox mired in last place in the American League Central, things don't look good for Adam Dunn getting a taste of the playoffs anytime soon. That could be a huge part of why Dunn is hinting at retirement.
"If I’m not having fun, I can't do it. I won't do it. I can't. I'll be a miserable person. I don't want to be like that. I want to be like I am a lot. Happy," Dunn told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. "It should be fun. This is a fun game."
Dunn said that if he's not enjoying himself, he will walk away from a guaranteed $15 million and call it a career. He doesn't plan on making that decision immediately, but he warns that the moment he starts to feel like the effort isn't worth it, he'll tap out. "If it's looking like it’s going to be one of those ‘Oh boy’ kind of years, that's going to determine a lot," Dunn said.
Not counting Dunn, the highest salaries on the 2014 books right now are John Danks (who has gone 4-11 with a 4.35 ERA this season), Alexei Ramirez (who has seen his power numbers drop each year since 2010) and utility man Jeff Keppinger. Paul Konerko is a free agent and may not be back.
It certainly doesn't look like 2014 is going to be much fun in Chicago, does it?