If he’s worried about playing time in 2014 Adam Dunn didn’t show it.
The veteran, who is headed into the final season of a four-year deal with the White Sox, said at SoxFest last month he has no concerns about the way Robin Ventura constructs the lineup.
Dunn could see significantly less playing time next season now that the roster features three first baseman/designated hitters. But Dunn said he’s more focused on the end result than the amount of time he plays compared with Jose Abreu and Paul Konerko.
“Whatever to win, I don’t care,” Dunn said. “The good news is there’s no egos, especially with me and Paul. We talked about it when he was making his decision. Whatever is going to help us win that night, I know he’s for it and I’m for it. That to me is a non-issue.”
As it stands, both Konerko and the White Sox have said the veteran first baseman is expected to play a very limited role compared with the past. Konerko --- who signed a one-year deal for $2.5 million --- said in December he has no intention of being an everyday player and wouldn’t have returned had that been the case.
The White Sox said Konerko would appear as the team’s designated hitter against select left-handed pitching and be one of Ventura’s options off the bench. Even knowing he wouldn’t be an everyday player, Konerko reached out to Dunn before he made his decision to make sure the two are on the same page.
Dunn said he appreciated hearing from Konerko.
“We had a bunch (of talks),” Dunn said. “It made me feel pretty good that Paul really wanted to make sure we were all on the same page with it. I couldn’t express enough how much A) we need him back and B) it’s not going to affect anything. If he’s hot, let him roll. Whatever helps us win, I’m in.”
As for Konerko’s return, Dunn wasn’t surprised. He was one of the few players to publicly state his belief Konerko would want to return in 2014. He attributed his confidence to Konerko’s competitive nature and his dissatisfaction with the team’s 99-loss season.
“He wasn’t going to go out that way,” Dunn said. “I think he sees the potential that this year brings, and he wants to be a part of it.”