Tag:Adam Dunn
Posted on: July 31, 2010 4:19 pm
 

No deal for Dunn

Mike Rizzo said he wouldn't trade Adam Dunn just to do it, and apparently he meant it. Even without an extension in place and with Dunn an impending free agent, the Nationals general manager turned down offers he felt weren't good enough and let the deadline pass without dealing him.

Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio said via Twitter that Rizzo told him Dunn is staying, which means there was no last-minute deal we haven't heard about yet. And unlike with some players, the non-waiver deadline was the last chance to move Dunn, who would almost certainly be claimed on waivers if the Nationals tried to move him in the next month.

So White Sox GM Kenny Williams apparently wasn't able to work his magic this time. It will be interesting to see whether there's any fallout in the White Sox clubhouse, as some players were vocal about wanting to see Williams add a bat. It will also be interesting to see whether there's fallout from the possibility that Chicago's acquisition of Edwin Jackson was supposed to be a step in getting Dunn, and that the Nationals might have changed terms after the Jackson trade.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 31, 2010 12:46 am
 

Did Nats pull switcheroo on White Sox?

ESPN columnist Keith Law said (via Twitter ) that an executive of another club told him the White Sox are "furious with the Nats over Edwin Jackson."

This is based on nothing but speculation and observation of the events of the week, but did the Nationals perhaps reel the White Sox into trading for Jackson, giving them the impression that the inclusion of the pitcher would get a deal done for Washington outfielder Adam Dunn, then change the terms? Did the White Sox get stuck with Jackson, a useful player but one who wasn't their target?

There were various reports earlier in the week of the possibility of a three-way trade between the Diamondbacks, White Sox and Nationals, in which Jackson would wind up in Washington and Dunn in Chicago. When the White Sox traded independently with Arizona for Jackson, there was anticipation Chicago would then flip him to the Nationals in a package for Dunn.

At least to this point, that hasn't happened, and the White Sox have been less than convincing in their position of, "Oh, yeah, we've always wanted Edwin Jackson!"

Stay tuned. This could get interesting.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 30, 2010 9:46 pm
 

Nats: 'Price won't come down' on Dunn

Mike Rizzo
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo is adamant. If nobody is willing to meet his price on Adam Dunn, the slugger will remain in Washington.

"The closer to the deadline it gets, the more pressure is on the teams to come with something that makes sense for me to trade one of the best offensive players in baseball," Rizzo told reporters Friday. "I will come to the price where I originally said I'm going to go, or I won't trade him. The price won't come down."

Dunn is the biggest piece left on the trade market, with the non-waiver deadline looming at 4 p.m. ET Saturday. The White Sox, Rays, Tigers and Giants are considered players for Dunn, with the Yankees a possibility if they decide to stockpile even after getting Lance Berkman.

"There's quite a bit of interest in him," Rizzo said. "Suffice to say, he's a very popular player right now."

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 30, 2010 5:40 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2010 6:52 pm
 

Dunn won't make DH an issue in trade

Adam Dunn Adam Dunn doesn't want to become a designated hitter, and has made that very clear. In a recent interview with Facts and Rumors' C. Trent Rosecrans, Dunn said, "I don't want to DH. If I have to DH, I'll probably go home."

Statements like that haven't dissuaded American League teams from pursuing a rental of the impending free agent, and Dunn seems to have softened on the idea of bing a DH at least for the rest of the season.

"That's just Dhing for two months," Dunn told the Washington Post on Friday. "It's not like if I make this move, it's career-ending."

Dunn said that, despite rumors to the contrary, he had not been told anything about a potential destination. He also indicated nothing is getting done with a possible extension with the Nationals. He's waiting around for news or for the deadline to pass, just like everyone else.

"It sucks," Dunn said. "Part of it, dude. You just get tired of hearing it. You can't even watch TV. I don't know how else to put it. It probably would affect other people more than it does me. It doesn't, because my options are awesome. I can't have better options [than] what I have."

With the Yankees getting Lance Berkman, they're out on Dunn. Sounds like it's down to the White Sox, whose trade for Edwin Jackson might help them put together a package the Nationals like, the Rays, who have prospects galore, and possibly the Giants.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 30, 2010 9:35 am
Edited on: July 30, 2010 1:23 pm
 

ChiSox nab Jackson from DBacks

Edwin Jackson After blanching at the asking price of Adam Dunn by the Nationals, the White Sox went in a different direction and scooped up starter Edwin Jackson from the Diamondbacks.

The ChiSox outmanuevered the Nats for Jackson -- Washington reportedly lusts after the 26-year-old who is signed through 2011 before becoming a free agent.

Jackson experienced a breakthrough year in 2009 for the Tigers, posting a 3.62 ERA in 214 innings, winning 13 games. Prior to that, he was an inconsistent, back-of-the-rotation starter for the Rays after coming over from the Dodgers. Jackson has backslid thus far this year to a 5.16 ERA, thanks to a regression in his walk rate. He still remains a quality young arm, even if $8.35 million due his way in 2011 and a total of $4 million in 2009 make the right-hander pricey.

The Diamondbacks made Jackson available both due to price and the fact that the club is rebuilding after shipping Dan Haren to the Angels. Jackson gives the White Sox a mid-rotation starter, something they were seeking along with a thumper. To get Jackson, the Pale Hose will surrender Daniel Hudson and prospect David Holmberg.

Hudson made his debut in 2009 as a 22-year-old and while he doesn't have a high ceiling, is ready to pitch in the big leagues now and can give the Diamondbacks years of cost-controlled salaries with the potential of seeing Hudson develop into a No. 2 or 3 starter (the latter more likely). Hudson has strong strikeout rates in the minors that he has been able to translate to the majors, but his control has taken a beating. He needs as much time in the majors as possible to get familiar with the strike zone which will only happen on a non-contending team. Whaddya know, that's Arizona.

Holmberg was drafted in the second round of the 2009 draft and threw up a 4.72 ERA between the bullpen and rotation for the Rookie club as a 17-year-old over 40 1/3 innings. Baseball America labeled Holmberg the ChiSox's eighth best prospect entering the season, projecting him as a workhorse in the rotation.

Repeating the level for 2010, Holmberg has a 4.46 ERA in eight starts, walking nine and whiffing 29. He's an intriguing prospect and along with Hudson may actually give the DBacks a far more tantalizying package than they got for Dan Haren. Funny how that works.

Also, the Diamondbacks are certainly hoarding picks from the 2009 draft, as Nick Piecoro from the Arizona Republic points out. With Pat Corbin and Tyler Skaggs from the Haren deal along with Holmberg joining 'Zona's prospects, the team has 11 of the first 95 picks in the draft inside the organization.

Will Chicago hang onto Jackson? It's very possible, but it's also possible that the White Sox use Jackson as a means of getting Adam Dunn.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 29, 2010 12:19 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2010 5:28 pm
 

Trade deadline profile: Adam Dunn

Leading up to Saturday's trade deadline, the MLB Facts & Rumors team takes a look at the biggest names on the trade block. Wednesday examines one of the best home-run hitters in the game, Washington's Adam Dunn.

Adam Dunn Career stats: .251/.382/.522, 339 HR, 840 RBI
2010 stats : .275/.362/.553, 23 HR, 63 RBI
Contract status: Signed a two-year, $20 million contract prior to the 2009 season with Washington. Making $12 million in 2010 and projects to be a Type-A free agent after season.

Why he's desirable
Adam Dunn can change the game with one swing as one of the most prodigious home-run hitters of the 21st century. Dunn is currently enjoying a renaissance in batting average over the last two years as well (2005-08: .245 batting average, .270 since) which makes him more attractive, although his value remains tied up in walks and home runs. He is an absolute butcher on defense, although has been minimized somewhat by a move from left field to first base.

Dunn would immediately add sock to any lineup trying to make a push for the playoffs and does so at an affordable price. Any team could also offer Dunn arbitration (and be thrilled if he picks it up). If not, they grab two top draft picks to restock their farm system with. It's rare a player comes along like Dunn who fills such a perfect need with a win/win proposition in arbitration.

Why he's available
Simply by virtue of being a free agent on a team going nowhere, Dunn has been bandied about as a trade candidate all year. Reports surfaced earlier that Dunn approached the Nats about a contract extension, but these talks have gone nowhere.

While Dunn would prefer to stay with an up-and-coming team, it seems that Washington isn't prepared to commit a four-year extension to Dunn. Just 30, the odds are that the lefty stays productive for at least a couple more years and probably longer given his "old people" skills, but it's understandable why the Nationals would be sketchy of a four-year deal. A three-year deal might be in the cards, but it's not known if Washington is interested in that scenario as well.

There is no first-base prospect banging on the door, although the Nats may be gearing up for a big financial payout to Prince Fielder or Adrian Gonzalez after 2011.

Who is interested
The fact that Dunn is anti-DH hasn't stopped AL clubs from taking a look at the slugger. The White Sox have been hot to trot after Dunn for a while, at one point reportedly making their entire farm system available for him -- and the Nats weren't biting. You can bet GM Kenny Williams will do everything he can to integrate Dunn into the fold. There is a ready-made DH position for him to get at-bats in a ballpark that is a dream for home-run hitters.

The Yankees have also been linked to Dunn, who would pepper the right-field bleachers like nobody's business. The Rays have also checked into Dunn, who could really use his pop at DH as they scramble to keep pace with the Yankees. The Angels are seeking an upgrade, although the loss of Joel Pineiro for over a month may have adjusted their thinking on a contention window. The Giants are also hot after Dunn and may have a leg up on the competition both due to losing out on Scott Podsednik (although one argues that may be a good thing) and the appeal of being a NL team.

Adam Dunn The problem here is that Dunn is anti-DH. He does not want to DH, and there are questions around just how happy and productive he would be as a DH. Fortunately for Dunn, as an impending free agent, he can control his future after the year. For the next two months, Dunn can just deal with being the DH, and the high probability of playing in October might adjust his thinking -- Dunn's only taste of contention came when he was dealt to Arizona in 2008.

The D-Backs finished two games behind the Dodgers. Back then, Dunn said he truly enjoyed playing meaningful baseball down the stretch, although he then found himself frozen out of the free-agent market and joining a down-and-out team like Washington.

The Rangers, Rockies and Tigers have also been connected to the lefty.

Expected return
Nats GM Mike Rizzo has reportedly attached a high price to Dunn, considering Dunn just as good as Ryan Howard. (And he's not far off the mark when talking just offense.) He proposed swapping Dunn to the White Sox for Gordon Beckham, something the ChiSox rejected out of hand, telling Beckham he would not be traded.

The Nats came back with an offer of Daniel Hudson along with a prospect -- either Jordan Danks, Tyler Flowers or Brent Morel says Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago. The Nationals might be able to make the White Sox blink as the trade deadline approaches and make a swap, but it would be a tough pill to swallow. Many in the game believe Rizzo's demands will dwindle the closer the deadline is.

No names have been considered from the Yankees' end, although it wouldn't be a surprise if the Nationals asked for Ivan Nova, a similar quality pitcher to Hudson -- young and breaking into the majors. The Rays likely won't deal Jeremy Hellickson for Dunn, but Jacob McGee is a possibility.

What happens
It would be a disservice to the Nationals' future for Dunn to stay in town. Staying in town has no bearing on any possible contract extension with Washington, in addition to the fact the Nats are going nowhere. The quality of prospects being discussed for Dunn means that, at the very least, Washington should get a solid building block for the future. Washington needs to think of an actual contention window of 2012-2015, and the player acquired for Dunn has a far better chance of having an impact in those years.

The guess is that the White Sox will send Hudson along with a prospect slightly below the tier of Danks/Flowers/Morel for Dunn. Dunn won't be pleased about DHing, but will do his job, try to get Chicago into October, then run back to the NL in the offseason.

More trade deadline targets -- Jorge Cantu (trade profile ) | Scott Downs (trade profile ) | Roy Oswalt (trade profile )

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 9:30 pm
 

Beckham, Quentin will stay with Sox

Gordon Beckham The White Sox are certainly one of the most talked-about teams at the trade deadline, with their interest in both Prince Fielder and Adam Dunn, among others.

It seems every rumor has other teams asking general manager Kenny Williams for second baseman Gordon Beckham, but the Chicago GM has already told his sophomore second baseman he's not going anywhere. The Daily Herald 's Scot Greg reports Williams has told Beckham and Carlos Quentin that they will still be members of his team on Saturday.

However, rookie starter Daniel Hudson is apparently the piece Williams is throwing out there for other teams.

"He should be proud," Guillen said of Hudson. "If your name is out there, it means somebody wants you. That's all you can say."

Hudson said he'd like to stay with the White Sox, but understands it's that time of year.

Beckham was the team's top pick out of the University of Georgia in 2008 and had an impressive rookie season in 2009. However, he's struggled mightily this season, hitting .239/.292/.343 with four home runs and 29 RBI.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 4:40 pm
 

Cubs' Lee vetoed deal to Anaheim


Derrek Lee We'd heard before that the Cubs Derrek Lee wasn't interested in going anywhere at the trade deadline, but now we know he won't be headed anywhere until after the season. Lee invoked his 10-5 rights to block a trade to the Angels, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports .

While it was an interesting discussion in a vacuum whether Lee would use his no-trade rights, the fact that he did -- and vetoed the trade to Southern California -- comes as a bit of a surprise.

The Angels have rumored to have interest in Lee ever since Kendry Morales suffered a season-ending celebration injury. Lee seemed a natural fit, he's a free agent after the season and the Cubs are out of the race. It also seemed too good to be a good match because Lee makes his offseason home in California, why wouldn't he want to head home and perhaps participate in a pennant race.

Lee wouldn't expound on his choice to Muskat, nor would Cubs general manager Jim Hendry, who only confirmed her report.

With Lee out of the equation, it does make sense that the Angels are now shifting their focus to Prince Fielder. He'll be much more expensive, but if Lee's unavailable, it's either a lesser player such as Jorge Cantu or Ty Wigginton or go for bust, and that's Fielder or Adam Dunn.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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