NEW YORK -- Adam Dunn said late Tuesday night he isn’t considering retirement and doesn’t think the 2013 season will be his last -- at least for now.
Earlier in the day, Dunn told FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal he’d consider calling it quits if he’s no longer enjoying himself on the field, something that could be an issue if the White Sox continue the retooling process they began around the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline.
But Dunn, 33, who has one season left on a four-year contract with the White Sox, said retirement isn’t on his mind.
“No,” Dunn said. “As of right now it’s a no. I think we went down this road before: the day that I quit having fun and quit enjoying making a struggle to come to the ballpark or not enjoying the competition out there is the day I will go home, whether it be tomorrow, whether it be 10 years from now. I’m still enjoying the competition. It’s just tough losing when you have such high expectations.”
Dunn has made it clear he isn’t having as much fun this season as he did in 2012.
The White Sox lost 6-4 to the New York Yankees on Tuesday night to drop to 56-81, a huge decline from last season when they won 85 games and were in the pennant race until the final week.
With nearly everyone back from that cast, the White Sox expected to contend this season but haven’t been in the mix since late May when they evened their record at 24-24 with a sweep of the Miami Marlins.
“You enjoy the competition,” Dunn said. “Obviously winning solves everything. It’s one of those things, it’s just because how the expectations were so high, in the clubhouse for sure -- this has been one of the most disappointing years I can remember. Our expectations were high in here and for things to work out like they have are very disappointing.”
White Sox general manager Rick Hahn hasn’t said the team would rebuild mode even after the trades of Jake Peavy and Jesse Crain. Hahn believes the team has enough pitching to be competitive next season and has only said the White Sox were retooling.
Hahn has also cited the financial flexibility created by the trades of Peavy and Rios after he was able to shed entirely more than $27 million headed to the two veterans.
But the White Sox could elect to move forward with a younger cast as the team currently has 12 rookies on the active roster.
Dunn told Rosenthal he’s not interested in a rebuild.
He also said money isn’t a factor -- Dunn is set to earn $15 million in 2014 -- and chasing home run totals isn’t a big deal.
“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.
Asked his thoughts about next season, Dunn said he’s more focused on the final 25 games and the upcoming offseason.
“Next year? We’ve got a bunch of games left now,” Dunn said. “Last thing I want to do is think about next year. I want to get through this one and kind of enjoy the offseason.”