Tag:Adam Dunn
Posted on: July 27, 2010 6:19 pm
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Bay sits with concussion symptoms

Mets outfielder Jason Bay was out of the lineup Tuesday with mild concussion symptoms stemming from a collision with the outfield wall last Friday in Los Angeles. He played the rest of the weekend series but apparently complained about the symptoms during the plane ride back to New York.

ESPNNewYork.com reported that Bay didn't think he'd be out long: "If all goes well, inside of a week," he said.

Another report said Bay was going on the disabled list, but it's not clear where that came from or whether that move is imminent.

At any rate, this probably takes Jeff Francoeur off the trade market, at least prior to Saturday's non-waiver deadline. With David DeJesus injured and lost for the year, and Corey Hart out for at least a few days with a wrist injury, the field of available outfielders is looking a bit thin outside the big names like Adam Dunn and Prince Fielder.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 26, 2010 5:21 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2010 8:54 pm
 

Dunn an option for reeling Tigers?

Adam Dunn The Nationals and White Sox have apparently been locked in a stalemate over Washington outfielder Adam Dunn for the past week, the Nationals not backing down on their demand that Chicago include Gordon Beckham or Carlos Quentin. The Nationals, meanwhile, have sent out word that they're working on an extension with Dunn and will just keep him unless they are overwhelmed by an offer.

Entering the fray: The injury-stung Tigers, who suffered their most damaging blow Saturday when Magglio Ordonez broke his ankle. William Ladson of MLB.com reported Monday that the Tigers have "great interest" in Dunn.

The question is whether the Tigers, two games back in the American League Central, are now desperate enough to pay the Nationals' price. Lynn Henning of the Detroit News thinks the Tigers can make the deal without surrendering top pitching prospects Jacob Turner and Andy Oliver, but that seems like a longshot considering the hard line the Nationals have been taking.

In addition to trying to make the playoffs, Henning points to another motivation the Tigers have to get a strong hitter: Miguel Cabrera's chase for a Triple Crown. Cabrera is currently leading the AL in RBI and is second in average and home runs, but with nobody left to protect him in the middle of the lineup, he's not going to see many good pitches unless reinforcements arrive. Dunn would be a heck of a reinforcement.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 25, 2010 4:40 pm
 

Nationals interested in Edwin Jackson

Edwin Jackson Here's a new name for you in the trade sweepstakes: Edwin Jackson.

SI.com's Jon Heyman says the Nationals, amongst other teams, have exhibited interest in Jackson.

Just 26, Jackson already has a no-hitter to his name and delivered a 3.62 ERA in 214 starts for the Tigers last season. He was shipped to Detroit in the Curtis Granderson three-way trade, and has disappointed to date with a 5.01 ERA in 20 starts. However, he's been unlucky on balls in play and baserunners stranded (due, no doubt, in part to the D-Backs' terrible bullpen allowing inherited runs to score) and has actually contributed a xFIP of 4.27 to his team.

Jackson is making $4.2 million on the year and has an $8.35 million payday on the way in 2011 before becoming a free agent at what will be the young age of 28 with parts of nine seasons under his belt after coming up as a 19-year-old with the Dodgers.

The Nationals would love to add a young starter to its burgeoning rotation. Interest in baseball is piquing in Washington and the team is slowly but surely getting better. A Jackson add would give the team a 2011 rotation comprised of Stephen Strasburg, Jackson, Jordan Zimmerman, Jason Marquis and no shortage of solid No. 5 candidates.

This is merely speculation, but since the Tigers and White Sox have exhibited such strong interest in Adam Dunn, perhaps a three-way deal could be engineered to send Jackson to Washington, Dunn to one of the AL Central teams and pitching to 'Zona. The ChiSox could and will dangle Daniel Hudson and other minor-league pieces while the Tigers could make a play by offering Andrew Oliver or Jacob Turner.

If Jackson is traded, Derrick Hall, the CEO of Arizona says Haren won't be dealt, in an earlier MLB Facts and Rumors report . Haren, of course, is one of the bigger names on the block but is looking increasingly unlikely he will be dealt. The Yankees are the front-runners largely they are the Yankees and not because there is an enticing package available.

The Diamondbacks are looking for pitching in return for either, and while the team is in disarray, is still not all that far from contention. Even if Arizona decides to retain both players, it will not be at a cost to future Diamondback squads.
-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 23, 2010 3:22 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2010 4:07 pm
 

Trade deadline buyer: Chicago White Sox

As the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline looms, the CBS Facts & Rumors team will look at the biggest players leading up to the deadline. This week we'll look at the teams who will be talked about the most; next week will be the players who might be moved.

Kenny Williams On June 8, the White Sox were nine games under .500 and 9 ½ games back in the American League Central. But then they roared back into the playoff picture with an amazing surge and now sit atop the division.

General manager Kenny Williams has said he wants to bulk up for the second half, and he’s one of the more mercurial figures in the game, prone to acting boldly and quickly. On the other hand, Williams has said he’s not impressed with what’s available and the asking prices, and might stand pat. There’s not much the White Sox could do this month that would shock anyone.

Record: 52-42, two games ahead of Detroit (50-44) and Minnesota (51-45) in the American League Central
General manager: Kenny Williams, 10th year
Expectations: High. The South Side got a championship fix in 2005, and White Sox fans are buzzing over the big rally they have made in the standings.
Payroll status: Opening day payroll was $108.2 million, seventh-highest in baseball. The White Sox have about $66 million committed for 2011.

What they need

Left-handed bat: The White Sox have gotten a collective .231 batting average from their designated hitters, so bringing in a slugger to upgrade there is an obvious target. They’ve been focusing on left-handed power.

Starting pitcher: Considering Jake Peavy is out for the year, Chicago is actually in pretty decent shape and could sit tight with the rotation. But Daniel Hudson’s name is coming up a lot as part of a package to get a hitter, and if the Sox lose him they’ll probably need to move on adding a starter.

Who may fit

Adam Dunn Left-handed bat: Reports indicate the NationalsAdam Dunn is Williams’ top priority, and Dunn would be a great fit. As of early this week, the asking price (Gordon Beckham or Carlos Quentin, for openers) was more than Williams was willing to pay.

The other big name connected to the Sox is Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder, though reports vary on whether Chicago is in that race. As with Dunn, the price would be steep.

On the next tier would be the AstrosLance Berkman, who is not having a great year and is expensive.  Also a possibility, though a remote one, is right-handed Toronto home run leader Jose Bautista.

Starting pitcher: Don’t expect Chicago to be in on the biggest names, but they could focus on a second-tier guy like Jake Westbrook, Kyle Farnsworth or possibly Fausto Carmona.

Trade chips

Young infielder Beckham (.241/.297/.341) is the first name to come up in talks, but the White Sox really want to hang onto the 23-year-old, whom they drafted in the first round in 2008. He’s still learning the ropes at the big-league level, but he has a huge upside at the plate.

Right-hander Hudson, also 23, is projected by most teams as a No. 3 or 4 starter, but the White Sox think his potential could be even higher.

They don’t want to move outfielder Quentin (.244/.344/.517), especially with the way he’s been hitting lately, but if it’s what it takes to get Dunn (who, in addition to bringing a high trade price would need a place to play, since he refuses to DH) without giving up Beckham, they might do it.

Why not offer closer Bobby Jenks? Right-hander J.J. Putz and left-hander Matt Thornton both have closing experience and are pitching out of their minds right now, so Jenks, a pending free agent, is expendable.

Cuban infielder Dayan Viciedo, 21, also is attracting a lot of attention. He has batted .295 in limited major-league action this season.

Predictions

The White Sox don’t meet the Nationals’ price for Dunn, who stays in Washington. They end up with Berkman or turn to alternative options such as Kosuke Fukudome or Adam LaRoche.

-- David Andriesen

More trade deadline chatter (click on city name for blog)
Buyers: New York YankeesLos Angeles Angels
Sellers: Florida MarlinsToronto Blue Jays

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Posted on: July 23, 2010 2:25 am
Edited on: July 23, 2010 12:15 pm
 

Dunn talks trades, Nats, DH


I was a beat writer covering the Cincinnati Reds when Adam Dunn called Great American Ball Park home. Throughout his time with the Reds, he was the subject of trade rumors and every July he'd get a little antsy about the repetitive questions. Even though Dunn has been traded once -- in 2008 to Arizona after the non-waiver trade deadline -- and signed with a new team, he's again the subject of trade rumors, as he will enter the offseason as a free agent. With the Nationals in Cincinnati this week, I caught up with Dunn and talked to him about this year's turn of trade talks . Here's our conversation:

Adam Dunn C. Trent Rosecrans: I know I've asked you these same stupid questions, is this getting…

Adam Dunn: Old? Yep.

CTR: I'm pretty sure you thought this was getting old five years ago…

AD:
Yeah. It was old five years ago, it was old 10 years ago and it's still old now.

CTR: Are you able to deal with it any differently?

AD:
Yeah, it doesn't bother me. I don't care. There's nothing I can do about it, I don't lose sleep over it, there's nothing I can do but clock in and out.

CTR: Is it different because you've been through it, you've been traded?

AD: No, it's the same every year. It's not a big deal. Look, if it's going to happen, it's going to happen. OK. If it doesn't happen, great. I'm going to play somewhere.

CTR: The other thing is you know July 31 isn't the end of that…

AD: No, it doesn't mean [anything].

CTR : There's been so much talk about you and being in Washington, do you want to stay with the Nationals?

AD: I like it here. In the very near future, when everyone gets off the DL, we've got two pitchers down there, we've got some really young arms that got hurt last year that were our best pitchers last year and they're going to come back. It's pretty exciting here.

CTR: For you, it's got to be frustrating, because you've been on one team that's finished with a .500 record (2008 Diamondbacks).

AD: Yeah, something like that.

Adam Dunn CTR: It would be silly to say it's you, but is it frustrating for you, or maybe you'd like to go somewhere where you can be in the playoffs right away…

AD: Yeah, that's what you play for. I don't play to lose. I don't go out there to lose, I don't go out there just to say I'm playing baseball and how many can we lose? Would I love to win 120 games? Absolutely. That's why you play. Maybe it is me. If that's what you want to say, you can say it. I could care less. It doesn't matter.

CTR:
Is this a place you can do that?

AD: There's no doubt. Y'all don't see -- it's a young nucleus. The pitching here, it's like it was in Cincinnati. They've developed some young guys, gotten some guys in trades and they're going to start seeing results soon.

CTR: You were here when Johnny Cueto and Edinson Volquez got here…

AD: Yeah, you knew they were going to be good. Then they had a good draft with [Mike] Leake and there you go.

CTR: You guys had a pretty good draft that year, too.

AD: You're seeing results from that. There's some guys that are really good major-league pitchers.

CTR: Is that something you'd like to see through, sign a long-term deal and get 10-5 rights, is that something you'd like, because we've talked about trades?

AD: No. It doesn't matter. The trade stuff doesn't affect me, I don't sit here hoping I don't get traded today. If I do, fine.

CTR: You've been traded before…

AD: I'll be fine. Would I prefer to stay here? Yes. Will it work out? I don't know.

CTR: There's always talk that you don't want to play in the American League, is that accurate?

AD: I don't want to DH. I don't want to DH. If I have to DH, I'll probably go home.

CTR: Really?

AD: I'm 30, I'm not ready to DH yet, 35, maybe.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 21, 2010 2:17 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2010 3:32 pm
 

Trade deadline buyer: Los Angeles Angels

As the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline looms, the CBS Facts & Rumors team will look at the biggest players leading up to the deadline. This week we'll look at the teams who will be talked about the most; next week will be the players who might be moved.
Tony Reagins
The Angels are talking a lot of big talk about having the resources to get whatever is needed to overtake the Rangers -- who have added Cliff Lee and show no signs of slowing down -- in the American League West. So far, however, it hasn't amounted to more than talk. If Tony Reagins doesn't improve this team in the next couple of weeks, expect heavy criticism in L.A.

Record: 51-45, five games behind Texas and three ahead of Oakland in the AL West. Third in AL wild-card race, 6 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay.
General manager: Tony Reagins, third year
Expectations: High. The Angels are outspending Texas by $50 million in payroll and winning despite injuries and underperforming players. Nothing short of the playoffs will be acceptable.
Payroll status: Opening day payroll was over $105 million, eighth-highest in baseball, and the Angels already have more than $80 million committed for next year.

What they need

Bullpen help:
The Angels have been living on the edge in the late innings, and their bullpen has a 4.48 ERA, 12th in the AL. They haven't had anybody step up -- only Fernando Rodney (3.29) has an ERA under 3.80.

Starting pitching: The Angels are ninth in the AL in starters' ERA, and would like to at least find a fifth starter with nothing panning out in-house. They traded for Scott Kazmir at last season's deadline and he has been awful (and is now on the DL).

A bat: When first baseman Kendry Morales suffered his infamous celebratory injury, breaking his leg and knocking himself out for the year, it was a big
blow to the Angels' offense. If they are going to make a big move, it's probably going to be for a first baseman or third baseman with pop.

Who may fit

Derrek Lee Starting pitcher:
Not many teams could take on Roy Oswalt's contract, but the Angels -- cash-rich and prospect-poor -- might be a decent fit. Dan Haren would look good in Anaheim, but the Angels might not have the "wow" package the Diamondbacks say it would take. More likely than going ace shopping would be going to get someone like Kyle Farnsworth or Jake Westbrook.

Reliever: The market for relievers is not good. The Angels might be left to pick over the Toronto bullpen and decide whether they want Scott Downs, Jason Frasor or Kevin Gregg. David Aardsma is available in Seattle, or they could try to pry Royals closer Joakim Soria.

Bat: It's conceivable the Angels could be in play on any of the big names. First basemen Derrek Lee, Prince Fielder and Lance Berkman could be had for a price. That might seem short-sighted, given that Morales will be back next year, but the Angels are under the gun. They might be better off going after someone to play third, where the Angels don't have a good long-term option, but the crop there is less impressive. Or despite Adam Dunn's insistence that he doesn't want to be a DH, the Angels could get him and make him do it anyway.

Trade chips

Mike Trout Here's the biggest problem the Angels face: The cupboard is seriously bare in the upper minors. On Sunday, they used Paul McAnulty (called up July 4) to pinch-hit in extra innings, then designated him for assignment after the game. That's how thin they are -- guys they're calling up to help are throwaways.

At a minimum, the Angels are going to have to part with switch-hitting Triple-A catcher Hank Conger, who's batting .265 at Salt Lake City. There's also Triple-A first baseman Mark Trumbo, who hits a lot of homers but strikes out a lot.

Of course, the Angels do have one monster prospect in outfielder Mike Trout at Class A, but he's considered a potential superstar and it's tough to see them giving him up even under the current win-now pressure.

Predictions


The Angels will find a way to get one of the big bats and add at least one reliever. Reagins is going to have to gut what's left of his farm system to do it, so he'd better hope it works.

-- David Andriesen

More trade deadline chatter -- Buyers: New York Yankees ; Sellers: Florida Marlins

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Posted on: July 20, 2010 6:06 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2010 10:26 pm
 

Angels interested in Royals' Callaspo


With the Cliff Lee blockbuster in the rearview mirror, this trade deadline is looking more and more like a bust. Most of the teams with valuable trade pieces are asking for the moon, meaning we'll get less sexy deals.

Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com has the details on one of those trades in the works -- the Angels' pursuit of the Royals' Alberto Callaspo.

Callaspo, 27, is hitting a respectable .276/.310/.413 with eight homers and 42 RBI in Kansas City and plays second and third base.

The Angels were looking at Adam Dunn, but their farm system is barren. The Royals turned down an offer of pitcher Sean O'Sullivan (covered in Tuesday's fantasy baseball podcast ) and another "fringe prospect" for Callaspo, Saxon writes. To get a player of Dunn's ilk, the Angels would likely have to part with prized outfielder Mike Trout, and they're not going to do that.

Callaspo came through the Angels' system, but was traded to Arizona in 2006 for reliever Jason Bulger. The Royals traded pitcher Billy Buckner to Arizona for Callaspo after the 2007 season.

O'Sullivan was a third-round pick in 2005 and has made 10 starts in the big leagues. He's appeared in four games this season, pitching seven relief innings, and is scheduled to make his first start of the season tonight at Yankee Stadium. He was called up when Scott Kazmir was put on the 15-day disabled list. O'Sullivan is 5-5 with a 4.76 at Triple-A Salt Lake.

The Royals' top third base prospect, Mike Moustakas isn't ready for the majors yet. He just recently was promoted to Triple-A Omaha, where he has just three hits in 20 at-bats in his first five games. Former third baseman of the future Alex Gordon has been moved to the outfield.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 20, 2010 1:37 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2010 3:04 pm
 

Trade deadline seller: Florida Marlins

As the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline looms, the CBS Facts & Rumors team will look at the biggest players leading up to the deadline. This week we'll look at the teams who will be talked about the most; next week will be the players who might be moved.

Dan Uggla It's the time of the year where the Marlins get rid of future payroll considerations. The Marlins are only two games below .500 after their current three-game winning streak, but still trail three teams in the NL East and six teams in the wild-card race. Many other organizations may see this as a chance to make a move, but not the Marlins.

Record: 45-47, nine games out of the NL East, three behind third-place Philadelphia and three-and-a-half behind the second-place Mets. Six games back in the wild card.
President of Baseball Operations:  Larry Beinfest
Expectations: None. Really, how many people would notice if the Marlins moved from South Florida? If anything, the Marlins have more of an eye on 2012 when their new stadium opens.
Payroll status: The Marlins had an opening day payroll of more than $47 million, but just $18.75 million tied up in 2011.

What they have to offer

Dan Uggla (.277/.364/.467) is a free agent after the 2011 season, but the Marlins know they can get more for him now rather than next July. He's been mentioned as a match for the Rockies -- and he'd do great at Coors Field, but the Marlins may need to hang on to him…. he's no prize defensively, but he can flat rake.

It also makes financial sense for the Marlins to hold on to Uggla. The Marlins are the only team in the majors with a salary floor, because of an agreement they reached without the players union in January. Josh Johnson is slated to make $7.5 million in 2011 and with another chunk of money going to Uggla -- who is making $7.8 this season and is arbitration eligible -- the Marlins could satisfy their part of the agreement with the union without overpaying for a player on the free-agent market.

That could be bad news for not only the Rockies, but also the Tigers, Red Sox, Yankees, Rangers, Braves and Phillies, who have been rumored to have interest in Uggla. He will likely get dealt by the deadline -- next year's deadline.

So who may get dealt?

Jorge Cantu (.261/.311/.417) has cooled since his white-hot start to the season, but is still a proven RBI producer, Cantu has 53 RBI so far this season. He's played third and first base this year, but is a better fit for an American League team looking for help at the DH spot. A free agent after the season and owed the rest of his $6 million salary for 2010, he could be a bargain for teams -- like the Angels or White Sox -- not looking to spend what it takes for a guy like Adam Dunn or Derrek Lee. He'd also be a nice piece for the Yankees and could certainly provide some pop off the bench.

Wes Helms (.241/.296/.388) is an option for teams wanting some of what Cantu provides without the price tag. Helms is making less than $1 million this year and is a free agent after the season. He'd be a rental player, but it's cheap rent and won't upset a clubhouse or make anyone nervous about their future with the team. Like Cantu, he can play first, third or DH.

Cody Ross Cody Ross (.280/.332/.408) is one of the more attractive outfielders on the market. He's arbitration eligible at the end of the season and making just $4.45 million this year. He'll get a good raise for 2011. With Chris Coghlan, Cameron Maybin, Logan Morrison and Mike Stanton, the Marlins could part with the 29-year old Ross. The Red Sox and Yankees reportedly have had preliminary discussions with the Marlins about Ross. The Braves are also interested.

Leo Nunez (3-2, 2.79 ERA, 22 saves) is attractive to any team looking for relief pitching, which is basically any team that considers itself still in the race. Relief pitching is scarce and expensive near the deadline, which makes Nunez more valuable. He's making just $2 million this year and is arbitration eligible after the season.

Ricky Nolasco (9-7, 4.66) is under team control for two more seasons, which makes him attractive to both the Marlins and suitors. He's making $3.8 million this season and is eligible for arbitration. He's been decent, but should receive a budget-busting raise in the offseason. Some reports have said he's available and others say the Marlins want to keep him.

Nate Robertson (6-7, 5.10) is a free agent after the season, but he's very cheap for the Marlins, despite his $10 million pricetag for this season. The Tigers are paying $9.6 million of his salary.

What they want in return?

The Marlins feel pretty good about their future outfield, with Stanton, Maybin and Morrison and if Ross is moved, expect Coghlan to move to third base. Rookie first baseman Gabby Sanchez is playing well and the shortstop spot is more than ably handled, so the team will likely be looking for arms in return or maybe a catching prospect -- really, not that much different than what every team wants.

Predictions:
Uggla stays put and Helms is dealt to the Yankees. Cantu's name pops up a couple of places, but he's not moved. The asking price is too high for Ross and the team is stuck with him.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

More trade deadline chatter -- Buyers: New York Yankees

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