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White Sox offering pick of the farm for Dunn

Posted on: July 20, 2010 10:11 am
Edited on: July 20, 2010 3:03 pm
 
Adam Dunn White Sox general manager Kenny Williams is "desperately" trying to land the Nationals' Adam Dunn, the Chicago Sun-Times ' Joe Cowley writes .

Cowley cites a major-league source as saying Williams has spent the last few days trying to get the Nationals' slugger, offering up "anyone and anything he has in the minor leagues in a package."

However, Cowley writes the Nationals' Mike Rizzo is "still fixated" on getting Gordon Beckham or Carlos Quentin in return.

With Daniel Hudson and Dayan Viciedo on the table, the White Sox are just waiting to hear back from Rizzo.

Still, Williams is playing it close to the vest

"If I'm being honest and completely transparent right now of the price that is being asked for some of the players that we've inquired about, for us, it's more detrimental to our present and our future than we'd like," Williams said.

If anyone is going to overpay for a player like Dunn, it'll be Williams, who is prone to bold gambles. That said, Dunn in U.S. Cellular Field would be a dream for the White Sox.

Dunn, however, is a free agent after the season and made it known he doesn't want to be a full-time designated hitter, while any manager with that option on the table would be fired for negligence if they put him in the field when there's the option to keep his bat in the lineup and glove out of it. If, after the season, a National League team made a play for his services, he'd bolt.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 12, 2011 5:52 pm
 

White Sox offering pick of the farm for Dunn

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White Sox offering pick of the farm for Dunn

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Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: July 21, 2010 4:48 pm
 

White Sox offering pick of the farm for Dunn

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Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: July 21, 2010 4:45 pm
 

White Sox offering pick of the farm for Dunn

Why give up the farm and/or throw a lot of money away by getting Dunn? First off, there is no gaurantee Dunn stays if he is traded to any team. That fact alone should dramatically lower the asking price. Of course the Nationals are going to ask for a lot right now--they'd be fools if they didn't. There is always the chance that some goofy GM will overpay for Dunn's services only to have him walk at the end of the year. Eventually, the Nationals will come down on their asking price if they cannot resign Dunn before the deadline. Otherwise, they risk losing Dunn and getting nothing in return. Secondly, as a White Sox fan, I wouldn't give up Hudson and Viciedo EVEN IF the White Sox could sign Dunn to a long-term contract. Hudson is an integral part of the White Sox current plans. With Peavey out for the year, Hudson is currently the fifth starter and a potential lock in the rotation for years to come. This move would not make the Sox better right now as they would be significantly weaker in their rotation. Plus, Dunn would be making a LOT more than both Hudson and Viciedo will be making over the next few years. The Sox already have big money tied up in Rios and Peavey (who are worth it) and Dunn is just not worth it. Lets keep things in perspective. The White Sox could really use a left-handed bat that can hit the ball out of the park on a regular basis while occasionally playing first or the outfield, but mainly DHing. For half of a season, I'd rather go the cheap route. Russell Branyan and Travis Haffner come to mind. They would probably both be available for next to nothing. Or we could go the super cheap route and sign Hank Blaylock whom the Rays just cut. I mean he played games at both first and third last year with the Rangers and he can definitely hit the ball out of the park. He's just sitting at home doing nothing. It wouldn't cost the Sox anything. I know people are going to gripe about Blaylock's average, but lets not forget Dunn is no Tony Gwnn. Plus, Blaylock is relatively young (upper-twenties) and has showed he can hit for a decent average and power when healthy. Actually, sitting here thinking about it, the player I'd really like to acquire is Garrett Jones of the Pirates. He is a local product (born in Harvey, IL) who has turned into a real nice player for the Pirates. He has good power (only player in MLB history to hit 20+ hrs when first homer wasn't hit until after the all-star break), good plate discipline, decent speed which Ozzie will like (10 sb last year, on pace for 10+ this year) and he plays both right field and first base rather well. He'd fit perfectly with the Sox this year and provide a safety net in case Konerko goes elsewhere next year. Plus, Jones has a chip on his shoulder to prove himself in the majors after being labeled a quadruple-A player so he's an extra hard worker. Fact of the matter is he was a late bloomer who was stuck behind Justin Mourneau in Minnesota. He's having a very good second year in Pittsburgh, especially when you look at his rbi total and remember that he plays in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh's ownership has shown that they are willing to deal young talent for prospects so I say why not make a pitch for Jones. It couldn't hurt. Anyway, I have enough faith in Kenny to make the right move even if that means not making a moveor getting another arm. Who knows, the Nationals will probably lower their asking price and we'll end up getting him anyway. I'd like Dunn in a White Sox uniform--but only if it doesn't cost us the farm.



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: July 21, 2010 3:58 pm
 

White Sox offering pick of the farm for Dunn

I agree chanandler. Unless Dunn is signed for at least three years, there is no way I give up Hudson and Viciedo for him. I'm not sure I'd like the trade even if the Nationals sign Dunn to a three year extension before they trade him. That's giving up an awful lot for a guy who is primarily going to DH. Plus, Dunn's contract will be a big one while Hudson and Viciedo will be making a lot less for a few more years. I'd rather they go the cheap route and go after Branyan of Hafner or even take the super cheap route and sign Hammerin Hank Blaylock who the Rays just cut. I mean all we are looking for is a left-handed hitter who can hit the ball outta the park and sit on the bench. Why give up the farm or a lot of money.



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: July 21, 2010 3:05 pm
 

White Sox offering pick of the farm for Dunn

To clarify dejesus will have better power numbers in the cell than he does in the pitchers park in kc, not better numbers than dunn, and please before anyone says it this is not a teahan deal, dejesus is a much better hitter and fielder 



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: July 21, 2010 3:01 pm
 

White Sox offering pick of the farm for Dunn

Lets see she sox have a winning record against the tigers, who just got swept by the vaunted indians by the way, and yes they did gift wrap 3 games for the twins over the weekend but that's just it they played as bad as they have played in a month and a half and still had a chance to win all 3 of those games, the sox don't need to sell the farm for a rental of dunn, as the deadline gets closer the nats will reduce the price dramatically so they can get something in return, if they don't stand pat or i personally would rather have dejesus from kc hits for a high average strong out fielder and will have better power numbers in the cell.



Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: July 21, 2010 2:06 pm
 

White Sox offering pick of the farm for Dunn

I agree, sox on a nice roll, ride it out before you bring someone one in,proberly go into some tailspin but don't panic  for some reason does not always work out when bringing in a player at trade deadline! keep your young talent




Since: Sep 29, 2007
Posted on: July 20, 2010 9:26 pm
 

White Sox offering pick of the farm for Dunn

Maybe Jenks straight up for Dunn???  They're both FA next season, but I don't think Wash would take on that salary w/ the young guns & Capps already in place.  Worth a shot.....



Since: Sep 29, 2007
Posted on: July 20, 2010 9:21 pm
 

White Sox offering pick of the farm for Dunn

I posted this elsewhere after the Sox 9th-inning meltdown on Sunday & want to see what everyone thinks about it, in light of this article...



may be 20 for 21 in save situations in 2010(this was honestly Jenks BS today, though credited to Santos), but he's putting up long reliever-type numbers...... 

Jenks     -- 4.76 ERA - 1.56 WHIP - .272 Opp AVG
Pena      -- 4.76 ERA - 1.43 WHIP - .266
Linebrink-- 4.80 ERA - 1.43 WHIP - .269

Thornton-- 2.61 ERA - 1.00 WHIP - .194 Opp AVG
Santos   -- 1.88 ERA - 1.47 WHIP - .241
Putz     &
nbsp; -- 1.51 ERA - 0.79 WHIP - .173

Perhaps a change is in order is you're thinking long-term results.  I wouldn't mind seeing Jenks traded if it brought us a LHB &/or 5th starter personally.  I think the emergence of Santos, along w/ Jenks salary-2-performance ratio this season, makes Jenks a guy we at least look into moving. 

We also have Chris Sale on the way.   

I know Bobby went on the bereavement list a while back & may be dealing w/ some off the field issues as a result.  I've loved the guy since Ozzie's "grande" call & have backed him all the way.  But I also think this team will NOT win the ALCS is its currently constructed, & Jenks has the best value on the club(other than Bacon, who's heating up), luckily, at a position of tremendous depth.

I'd personally try to move Jenks & A. Jones to Baltimore for & .  It would give us a 5th starter in case Hudson falters/injury, & a power LHB to DH against RHP's.  could DH against LHP's & backup 1st & 3rd.




Thoughts????


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