Adam Dunn ready for first base in 2014


CHICAGO -– If Paul Konerko leaves the Chicago White Sox when his contract expires at the end of the season, Adam Dunn said he is more than ready to take over at first base.

“I like playing and I like being out there, but I know what I signed up for and I don’t mind designated hitting either,” Dunn said. “I think I have gotten used to it and have a pretty good routine going. But I do like being out there and I like running around.”

Dunn has actually played the bulk of games at first base this season. He has made 68 starts at first base this year, while Konerko was making his 53rd start in the field Wednesday. The only other player to start at first base this season has been Jeff Keppinger (11).

Dunn, whose contract runs through the 2014 season, makes the most sense at first base, but the White Sox have not ruled out the possibility that Dayan Viciedo returns to the infield at some point. He could ultimately end up as the first baseman, although his ability to play defense will weigh heavily on that plan.

The best minor league option at first base is Andy Wilkins, a left-handed hitter, who was drafted in the fifth round in 2010. The 25-year-old, who was promoted to Triple-A Charlotte during the season, has a combined 17 home runs with 76 RBIs this season. He has a .278 batting average with a .793 OPS.

Neither Viciedo nor Wilkins seem to be a better option than Dunn next season.

“I’ll do whatever they want me to do,” Dunn said. “I’ll play anywhere and do whatever they want. If you’re asking me if I’ll be ready, yeah, I’ll be ready.”