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CHICAGO -- Adam Dunn is ready to give it the old college try, while the Chicago White Sox are ready to move ahead without him anchored in the middle of their batting order.
Oakland Athletics, thus ending a tumultuous four-year stunt for the slugger in the Windy City.
It also breathed new life into the 34-year old power hitter, who said Sunday afternoon that this is likely his last season as a player. Dunn will get a chance to make a run at the playing in the postseason, which is something he's never gotten a chance to do in his 14 major league seasons.
"This is probably going to be it," Dunn said. "I think that also weighed a lot (into accepting the deal), too. This is an opportunity. I've been playing a long time and haven't got this opportunity, so I'm going to try to make the most of it."
It's also the start of a new era for the White Sox, who made a slew of roster moves Sunday that brought some new faces up from the minor leagues a day before rosters expand in September.
First baseman Andy Wilkins, 25, and left-hander Scott Snodgress, 24, were called up from Triple-A Charlotte and outfielder Moises Sierra (strained left oblique) returned from a stint on the 15-day disabled list. Wilkins started Sunday, striking out three times and playing first base, while Sierra came into the White Sox's 6-2 win as a pinch runner in the seventh inning.
After trading former second baseman Gordon Beckham last week, Chicago general manager Rick Hahn traded veteran left fielder Alejandro De Aza to the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday night, which preceded the Dunn deal. It's been a busy span of days for the White Sox's front office, which is set to shift into evaluation mode for what could be another busy offseason.
Hahn acquired three young pitching prospects in the Dunn and De Aza trades and is now anxious to see what the organization's own prospects can do in the majors during the season's final month.
"Obviously when we see the opportunity to get better or create some (financial) flexibility or improve the system, we take it, so long as we feel it's going to be our best opportunity," he said. "At the end of July, deals like this didn't exist for us (at the trade deadline), whether it was teams had other priorities or we just couldn't match up on players. We wanted to wait. I think our patience in this regard paid off."
Dunn hopes his decision to waive his no-trade clause pays off in a championship with the A's. Since trading away former outfielder Yoenis Cespedes at the trade deadline, Oakland's offense has lacked some punch that Dunn's bat could potentially provide.
He's only hitting .220 thus far, but has 20 home runs and 54 RBIs in 106 games. Dunn also left Chicago on a high note by homering Saturday afternoon in his final at-bat in a White Sox uniform -- the 460th of his career.
"That's a lot of pressure that I want," Dunn said of helping the A's offense. "It feels literally like Opening Day is (Monday) and it's going to be a completely new start for me. What's happened the last four years is over and this is kind of a new chapter. I've got a month to go out and do what I'm capable of doing."
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