According to a report from CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman, White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn has cleared waivers.
Unlike teammate Alex Rios, who was reportedly claimed by the Texas Rangers on Thursday, Dunn went through the somewhat complicated waiver process unclaimed, meaning he's eligible to be traded to any team.
The non-waiver trade deadline passed July 31, but the waiver trade deadline doesn't come up until the end of August. Every major league player must be placed on waivers following the non-waiver deadline.
In a situation like Rios', where a player is claimed, the player's team — in this case the White Sox — may retain the player, release the player or attempt to trade with the claiming team.
The circumstances involving Dunn are far more straight forward, though it's unlikely the Sox would be able to trade away the slugger, who is in the third year of a four-year contract worth $56 million. He's set to make $15 million next season.
Before Dunn cleared waivers, was told by a source that being able to trade him was "unlikely." Rios was more realistic.— Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) August 9, 2013
Dunn is hitting just .227 on the season, but his 26 home runs rank fifth in the American League. He's been hitting well of late, though, posting a .306/.410/.459 slash line with four homers, 14 RBIs and 17 walks since July 4.