NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Manager Robin Ventura said he expects to give Adam Dunn more time at first base next season while increasing Paul Konerko's time as the designated hitter.
"I think that will probably happen,'' Ventura said at baseball's Winter Meetings on Tuesday. "I think, for Paulie, what goes through the course of the year is a lot. It's a lot to have him be the every day 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."
Konerko, entering the last year of a three-year contract, will turn 37 during spring training. He is listed by Bill James as the worst defensive first baseman in the majors with a minus-11 runs saved in 2012. Konerko has sure hands and turns the double play well but has never been quick on his feet and may have seen a decline in his range.
Dunn, while not Gold Glove caliber, was not as bad as some expected him to be. He seemed to thrive on being out on the field and it may have indirectly helped his hitting after his first full season as a DH in 2011.
"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.''