Tag:Adam Dunn
Posted on: September 10, 2010 10:50 am
 

Power will be priority for A's

Coco Crisp
How many times have we heard that a team is "a bat or two away" from contending? The A's think they really are, and finding players with power will be their top priority this winter, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The A's have by far the best ERA in the American League (3.55) and are a little below average in batting for average and getting on base (ninth in both). Where they fall clearly short is power. No team in baseball has hit fewer home runs, and they are second-worst in slugging percentage. Their top home run hitter, Kevin Kouzmanoff, has just 14. Their starters at first base, third base and designated hitter have combined for 32. No matter how well they pitch, that's not going to cut it.

"The game is changing. There aren't guys who can hit 50 homers, but you still have to have two guys in the lineup who are threats to hit the ball out of the ballpark," second baseman Mark Ellis said. "That would make everyone else better, too. But they're not easy to find."

General manager Billy Beane says he'll be looking, and Beane will have a little money to work with as $22 million comes off the books with Ben Sheets and Eric Chavez.

Adam Dunn, Paul Konerko, Carlos Pena, Jayson Werth and possibly David Ortiz (who has a club option) will be among the power hitters available this winter.

-- David Andriesen

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed .


Posted on: August 28, 2010 12:26 pm
Edited on: August 28, 2010 12:26 pm
 

Looks like free agency for Dunn

Adam Dunn
The Nationals declined all offers for first baseman Adam Dunn at the trading deadline, but it's looking like after the season the other 29 teams will have a crack at him.

Washington has been talking extension -- or at least talking about talking extension -- with Dunn since the spring, and it was assumed that after the opportunity to trade him passed efforts to lock him up would get serious. But Dunn told the Washington Post nothing is imminent and he's "assuming" he will end the year without a contract and enter free agency.

The Nationals can offer Dunn arbitration (in fact they have to if they want to get compensatory draft picks if he signs elsewhere), and the team will be the only one that can negotiate with him until 15 days after the World Series ends. Even if Dunn wants to stay in Washington, it only makes sense for him to go into the free agent period and let the market dictate his value -- which, considering the interest in him at the deadline, figures to be a lot. He's terrible defensively, and says he doesn't want to become a designated hitter, but his power and ability to get on base are skills any team would love to add.

The question is, unless the Nationals really thought they would have an extension in place during the season, why didn't they just trade him in July? Assuming they could get more value than the compensatory picks, they might as well have gotten some free prospects and still had the same chance to re-sign him after the season. Maybe they felt they would be in better position to keep him if they didn't put him through the hassle of temporarily changing cities.

-- David Andriesen

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed .


Category: MLB
Posted on: August 24, 2010 2:17 am
Edited on: August 24, 2010 12:55 pm
 

Dunn flirting with Cubs

 Adam Dunn has said again and again that he'd like to stay in Washington, but perhaps the Nationals' lack of contract talks are wearing the slugger's patience thin.

On Monday he talked to the Chicago Sun-Times ' Gordon Wittenmyer and sounded like someone with a wandering eye.

When Wittenmyer said it sounded like a good fit between the Cubs -- who don't have a first baseman for 2011 -- and Dunn, Dunn agreed.

"Hopefully," he said. "You never know."

Adam Dunn Part of Dunn's infatuation is playing in Wrigley Field, a homer-friendly park for a homer-friendly hitter.

In eight years with the Reds in the National League Central, Dunn's made his mark on Wrigley Field. He's hit 25 homers there as a visitor and has an OPS of 1.061 there in 66 games.

''[Wrigley Field's] obviously one of my favorite parks to hit in,'' said Dunn. ''I've always really enjoyed playing there. The atmosphere is great there for any player. The fans are always hard on the other team, which makes it fun.''

Dunn also said he knows Cubs general manager Jim Hendry from when he was in Cincinnati. "He's one of my favorites," Dunn said.

The last time Dunn was a free agent, the Cubs weren't interested, but since he's moved to first base and the Cubs have an opening, it seems like a natural fit. Dunn signed a two-year, $20 million discount deal with the Nationals before the 2009 season. Dunn's certainly looking for more money and more years this time around. That could be a sticking point for the Cubs.

Or at least one current Cub thinks so: "I don't know if they're going to spend the money," Aramis Ramirez told Wittenmyer. "But Dunn would fit anybody's lineup. But they're going to have to spend a lot of money to get [him]."

Although Dunn is a better fit for the American League because of his atrocious defense, he doesn't want to be a designated hitter at this stage of his career and the only way to avoid that is to play in the league without on and the Cubs would be a great fit.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed .

Category: MLB
Posted on: August 6, 2010 4:55 pm
 

Giants didn't claim Dunn

Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants were not the team that put in a waiver claim on Nationals outfielder Adam Dunn. As he says, that's not too shocking since 12 other National League teams would have had to pass first.

Schulman speculates that the Dodgers put in the claim to block teams ahead of them in the wild-card race from getting him. It probably doesn't matter anyway -- it's highly unlikely Dunn is going anywhere.

-- David Andriesen

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter.

Category: MLB
Posted on: August 5, 2010 7:12 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2010 7:33 pm
 

Giants interested in Guillen, Dunn


Jose Guillen Don't expect Jose Guillen to be unemployed too long -- the Giants are discussing the outfielder, the San Jose Mercury News ' Andrew Baggarly writes .

Guillen was designated for assignment by the Royals earlier today and the team has 10 days to trade, waive or release Guillen, who is owed more than $3 million for the rest of the season.

Guillen can play the outfield and has played 22 games in right field this season, but is bothered by his knees and would be best used as a designated hitter.

Baggerly speculates the Giants could "play the hot hand between Guillen and Pat Burrell, and keep the other guy as a right-handed power bat off the bench."

Guillen was hitting .255/.314/.429 with 16 home runs and 62 RBI.

Another interesting note from Baggerly, Giants general manager Brian Sabean hinted the team would put a claim on Adam Dunn, but Baggerly doesn't seem to think the Giants were able to get him -- perhaps the Rockies tried to block Dunn from going to the Giants or Padres.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter.


Posted on: August 5, 2010 4:33 pm
 

Report: Dunn claimed on waivers


Adam Dunn The Adam Dunn trade rumors will die soon, because according to Fox Sports' Jon Paul Morosi , an unidentified team has claimed Dunn on trade waivers.

The news means Dunn is less likely to leave Washington -- at least until the offseason.

Because he's been claimed -- and it's unlikely he cleared waivers in the National League -- the Nationals have until Monday to work out a deal for Dunn. Based on what the Nationals were asking for at the trade deadline, it's unlikely a team will be able to meet that price. And because of what Mike Rizzo has been asking for Dunn, it's a near-certainty the Nationals wouldn't just let him go for the cost of his remaining salary (roughly $4 million).

The Nationals want to keep Dunn -- at least through the end of the season -- so it makes it more likely a National League team is just blocking a trade to a contender. A team like the Rockies or Dodgers -- who are 6 1/2 and 7 games out of first in the NL West, respectively -- could have claimed Dunn to block the Giants or Padres from getting the extra bat, with little chance of having to spent the $4 million left on Dunn's salary.

Since National League teams have first crack at waivers, it's unlikely Dunn was claimed by a National League team. Hell, the Diamondbacks could have claimed him just to see White Sox GM Kenny Williams go crazy on MLB Network's "The Club."

The Nationals will likely hold on to Dunn, gamble that he won't accept arbitration and either re-sign him or get the compensation picks.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter.


Posted on: August 3, 2010 3:15 pm
 

Dunn placed on waivers

And in other news, the sun came up today...

ESPN's Buster Olney has more news than can fit in 140 characters about the Nationals putting Adam Dunn on waivers:

Heard this: Adam Dunn hit the waiver wire today, giving teams 48 hours to place claims on the slugger -- and the wide expectation (more)
is that multiple NL teams will put in a claim on him -- Rockies? Giants? -- and that there is no chance that AL teams like the (more)
Rays or White Sox or Yankees ever get a shot at Dunn, who is working on his seventh straight year of 38 or more homers.
What this means about Dunn is that if he's going to be moved -- and that seems unlikely -- it'll happen in the next 72 hours.
Now, most players go through waivers at this time of the year, so that's not unusual. What this could mean is that if Dunn is still a Washington National this weekend, expect him to be there at the end of the season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter.
Category: MLB
Posted on: August 1, 2010 10:28 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:28 pm
 

Trade market still open


Adam Dunn Everyone refers to the last day of July as the "trade deadline" even if it's not exactly accurate. It's officially the "non-waiver trade deadline" and that first part may not roll off the tongue, but it's important. It's the reason why one of the most speculated-about players at the deadline, Adam Dunn, told me July 31 "doesn't mean [anything]" to him.

Dunn should know, in the last year of a two-year deal, Dunn's movement will be speculated upon throughout the next month. He also knows from experience, two years ago the Reds traded him to Arizona after the non-waiver trade deadline.

Waivers are certainly a complication, but deals still get done until the end of the month, when a player has to be on the roster to be eligible for the postseason. So how does it work?

First, most teams put most -- if not all -- their players through the waiver process since you don't have to give up a player who is claimed, you can just pull him off waivers.

Unclaimed players can be traded to any team. Claimed players can be kept, traded or just handed over to the claiming team for nothing but salary relief. That's what happened last year when the Blue Jays put him on waivers, the White Sox claimed him and Toronto was happy to shed his remaining five years for $59.7 million on his contract. So, if some team wanted to claim Carlos Zambrano or Kosuke Fukudome or Alfonso Soriano, the Cubs would likely dance for joy. But that's unlikely to happen (even though I would have said the same thing a year ago about Rios).

Now, if just one team claims a player, he can be dealt only to that team. If more than one team claims a player, he can be traded to the team with the worst record in his league that claims him. If no team in the same league claims the player, but more than one team in the other league claims him, he can be traded to the team with the worst record.

So now with the process out of the way, it's good to keep in mind that this isn't an unusual process. Last season Scott Kazmir, Jim Thome, Carl Pavano, Alex Gonzalez, Brad Penny, Aubrey Huff, Billy Wagner, Jon Garland and Ivan Rodriguez. So who could that be this year?

Obviously, Dunn is still out there. He realizes the real trade deadline is at the end of this month, not the beginning. If the Nationals can't agree to an extension, the Nationals need to get something for Dunn. Based on many of the rumors that were out there, it was hardly surprising he wasn't dealt. Nationals GM Mike Rizzo was asking for the moon and nobody was willing to spend the money to get there. White Sox GM Kenny Williams hasn't exactly hidden his desire for Dunn, and a little thing like waivers won't stop him. However, he'll have to hope nearly the rest of the teams pass on the big man, and that's not likely.

The biggest name that could move would be Manny Ramirez. The Dodgers don't know what they're going to get out of him and could shed roughly $7 million. As CBSSports.com senior writer Scott Miller notes , Ramirez has a full no-trade clause, but would likely waive that to go to the American League and DH. If the White Sox can't get Dunn, Ramirez may be a solid backup option -- albeit a bit expensive.

Andy LaRoche Diamondbacks first baseman Adam LaRoche has a mutual option for 2011 that increases to $9.5 million if he's traded, though the buyout remains at $1.5 million. Kelly Johnson may not get through waivers, but could still be traded. He's arbitration eligible after the season.

The Royals would certainly love for another team to take Jose Guillen and what's left of the $12 million salary for this season. Guillen is a free agent after the season.

Mike Lowell is still -- sorta -- with the Red Sox, but would likely sail through waivers because he's owed the remainder of his $12 million salary this season and nobody's quite sure what they'll get out of him.

The reliever market didn't see much action on Saturday, but Toronto's Kevin Gregg, Seattle's David Aardsma and Colorado's Joe Beimel could be moved before the end of this month.

As for starters, Colorado's Aaron Cook is signed for $9.25 million next season with a mutual option of $11 million in 2012 and a $0.5 million buyout. His annual salary increases by $1 million for each season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter.

 
 
 
 
The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com