Adam Dunn has cleared waivers and is now free to be traded to any team, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. As Heyman points out, Dunn clearing waivers should come as no shock, given his contract situation. The strikeout-prone slugger is earning $15MM in 2013 and again in 2014, meaning he has about $4.2MM remaining on this year's salary and $19.2MM remaining overall.
The 33-year-old Dunn is hitting .227/.332/.465 with 26 homers this season, but his slash line masks what's been a more impressive run since summer began. Since June 1, Dunn is batting .289/.401/.532 with 14 of his 26 homers. American League contenders in need of a bat, such as the Rangers and Orioles, would seem to be logical fits Dunn. The White Sox would likely have to kick in significant cash to make a deal work out, and the more they're willing to include, the more they can expect back in a potential return.
Dunn becomes the third player to have reportedly cleared waivers (though there have likely been others that have gone unreported to this point), joining Michael Young and Jimmy Rollins of the Phillies.