You don't often hear stories of a guy walking away from $15 million, but in the case of Adam Dunn…you might.
According to reports, the Chicago White Sox slugger is actually considering retirement.
“I’m not coming back just to come back for money or because I have one year left (on his contract),” Dunn said on Tuesday. “I’m not coming back to chase home-run numbers or whatever. If I end up with 499 and I’m not having fun, see ya — 499 it is.”
Dunn is in the midst of what appears to be a never ending slump. After two satisfying years in Washington, he inked a huge deal with Chicago following the 2010 season…$56 million for four years. Unfortunately, his numbers on the Southside haven't warranted the big contract.
Through Tuesday night, the 33-year-old (he'll turn 34 in November) is hitting a paltry .199 during his three seasons in Chicago. Futhermore, the guy is averaging a strikeout every three plate appearances. Yikes.
“If I’m not having fun, I can’t do it. I won’t do it. I can’t. I’ll be a miserable person. I don’t want to be like that. I want to be like I am a lot. Happy," Dunn continued. "It should be fun. This is a fun game.”
It's worth mentioning that this isn't the first time Dunn has been unhappy…much less talked retirement. Does this sound familiar?
“If I’m not having fun anymore, I’ll go home,” Dunn told Yahoo! Sports back in 2011. “Flat out. I’ll go home. I mean that. Swear to goodness. I’ll. Go. Home. I enjoy playing. Even though I suck. Or have been sucking. I enjoy playing the game. Love it. But as soon as I lose that, I’m gone, dude. It’s true."
So…is Dunn crying wolf again or is he telling the truth? Stay tuned.