Sitters are expensive these days, as any parent with a young child will tell you, but none are steeper than the White Sox’s designated sitter, $14 million-a-year Adam Dunn.
The Big Breeze has played in only three games this month, with his eight official at bats yielding the usual results—one hit, three strikeouts. Manager Ozzie Guillen has decided to rest Dunn, hoping the added energy will shoot his average above .170 in the three $14 million seasons to come.
The Sox are in the middle of a crucial series in Kansas City that could determine whether they finish 15 or 17 games out of first. It’s no comfort that the Cubs are even worse, a month of wins below .500 and a solar system behind the Brewers. Baseball in Chicago has been one big K this year.