Adam Dunn is likely to log more time at first base next season in an attempt to lighten Paul Konerko's workload.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura said that's the plan for now several months before the club heads to Glendale, Ariz. for spring training. Ventura addressed that and several other topics when he addressed the media for 15 minutes on Tuesday at Day 2 of the winter meetings.
Konerko, who is headed into the final season under contract, turns 37 in March.
"I think that will probably happen," Ventura said. "I think, for Paulie, what goes through the course of the year is a lot. It's a lot to have him be the everyday first baseman. I think Adam proved to be at the end he can play first base and give Paulie more time and when you get to that age, not that he's done by any means, it's going to help him to have time off and not be on his feet so much."
Dunn made 52 appearances at first base for the White Sox last season.
He finished the season with an ultimate zone rating -- a metric that measures how many runs a player saves per season over an average defender at that position -- of 0.4. Prior to 2012, Dunn's season-best UZR at first base (in more than 100 innings) was -3.1 in 2010.
"He's athletic," Ventura said. "That's another part of it. You're not sticking a guy over there who can't play. He can play. So getting him committed to do it isn't going to be hard to do. He likes being on the field."
Ventura said he's on board with it if the White Sox opt to make Tyler Flowers the starting catcher next season. Flowers' defensive skills and game-calling are solid, though Ventura wants to see what the backstop's bat can produce with regular plate appearances.
Ventura: Dunn likely to see more time at first
CSN Chicago | Dec 5