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Sox Bid Jenks Adieu, Welcome Dunn Aboard

By Chuck Sudo in News on Dec 2, 2010 10:20PM

The White Sox cut ties to another piece of the 2005 World Series team when they non-tendered the contract of closer Bobby Jenks. The decision effectively closes the door on Jenks's career on the South Side and wasn't unexpected. One of the things GM Kenny Williams and skipper Ozzie Guillen could agree on last season was that they were unhappy with Jenks's conditioning, which they felt led to his extended stints on the disabled list the past couple of seasons.

But while one door closes, another opens. The White Sox have signed free agent Adam Dunn to a four-year, $56 million deal. Dunn is one of the more prized sluggers on the free agent market and his signing gives the White Sox some insurance in case they can't re-sign Paul Konerko to a new contract. Dunn was the focus of serious trade talks with the Sox last season and his signing is an indicator that the team is once again focused on winning now, as Williams always reminds media

If Konerko re-signs with the Sox, he and Dunn could split first base and DH duties