Tag:Adam Dunn
Posted on: July 7, 2010 11:13 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2010 11:42 pm

White Sox 'all over' Dunn

Adam Dunn If Adam Dunn is trying to boost his trade value, he's certainly doing a good job.

Dunn cranked three home runs on Wednesday as the Nationals edged the Padres 7-6. He has 20 home runs on the year and is well in line to reach 40 home runs for the sixth time in seven years (and barely missed in 2009 with 38). With a .280 mark, he's also well over his .251 career mark.

All told, the free agent to be is having a sensational year, and is available to be traded as the Nationals are not in the playoff hunt. While Dunn may return to Washington after the year, for now his destination for the rest of the year is in question.

Dunn has been linked most heavily to the White Sox, but there have been conflicting reports of the ChiSox's interest. ESPN's Buster Olney, however, says that Dunn would fit Chicago perfectly and the White Sox are "all over" Dunn.

Dunn can play first base and left field -- perhaps not capably, but he can. And of course, Chicago has the DH slot open for Dunn that he would likely occupy. Paul Konerko is all set at first, but on his days off Dunn could step in. As for the outfield, Juan Pierre, Alex Rios and Carlos Quentin occupy these spots, meaning current DHs Andruw Jones and Mark Kotsay -- who also double as outfielders -- stand to lose a lot of playing time upon a Dunn acquisition.

Jones has been a solid power hitter for Chicago even as he struggles to get over the Mendoza Line while Kotsay isn't bringing much to the plate even though he has a similar OPS to Jones (.722 as opposed to .734 for Jones). Kotsay would probably be the one to lose his roster spot to Dunn.

Dunn in Chicago would be a tremendous fit. The home park is homer-happy, and if Dunn goes on a hot streak, couldn't be discounted for 45 or even 50 home runs in that park. The White Sox would also have the resources to extend him at the end of the year if both teams were pleased with the fit.

Dunn would also get a chance to play for a contender -- his only other time doing so was with Arizona after being swapped from the Reds in 2008. 'Zona finished 82-80, second in the NL West, two games behind the Dodgers.

Although Dunn expressed interest in returning to the Nationals, that may be because sees Washington on the upswing. Chicago, however, offers him a chance to see October in 2010 as the Pale Hose are just 1 1/2 games behind Detroit, tied with Minnesota for second.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 6, 2010 1:30 am

White Sox cooling on Dunn

Adam Dunn White Sox general manager Ken Williams has cooled his pursuit of Adam Dunn, the Chicago Sun-Times ' Joe Cowley writes .

The Nationals' asking price is too high for the White Sox. Quoting unnamed sources, Cowley writes Washington is "asking for the moon" in exchange for Dunn.

Although reports have linked the White Sox and Prince Fielder, Cowley shoots that down on two lines: 1. Scott Boras and 2. Fielder reportedly wants a Ryan Howard-type contract when he becomes a free agent after the season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 2, 2010 11:59 am
Edited on: July 2, 2010 12:00 pm

Riggleman: Let's stay together

Jim Riggleman Despite being in last place, Nationals manager Jim Riggleman likes his team and wants to keep it together for the future. How they play for the next month will determine whether, or at least to what extent, that happens.

The Nationals are 11 1/2 games back in the National League East, but there's reason for hopefulness -- and not just because of Stephen Strasburg. Washington is 10 games under .500, but on pace to finish with 71 wins, which would be the team's best finish in three years. With a little luck, they might even escape last place, something they've done just once since leaving Montreal in 2004.

The Nationals are in a sort of netherworld as the trade deadline approaches -- not buyers, but not in position for a fire sale, either. Riggleman has told his team, according to MASNsports.com, that the more they show they're headed in the right direction in the next few weeks, the more likely they are to stay together.
"My message to them was, 'Let's get this thing going so we're not taking this team apart. Let's get this thing going to the point where we become more of a factor in the division, and we're able to win enough ballgames to justify keeping the team together,'" Riggleman said. "There's a lot of season to play, but there's not a lot of season to the trade deadline. So we need to make a move in that direction sooner than later, because if we want to keep this ballclub together, we need to do that." The Nationals' best trade chip is Adam Dunn, who is in the final year of his contract. Dunn has said he wants to stay in D.C., but the White Sox and Angels have been rumored to have interest.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 29, 2010 10:13 am

White Sox interested in Dunn

Adam Dunn
Adam Dunn may finally be exactly where he belongs. It's not that Dunn is legendary bluesman or a crazy fan looking to jump on the field and start swinging at the sight of Royal blue that makes him fit right in on the Southside of Chicago, it's the spot in the lineup he'd occupy.

Finally, finally, Dunn can complete his destiny to become a designated hitter, as the Chicago Sun-Times ' Joe Cowley reports the White Sox are targeting the Nationals' slugger.

"Names have been talked about by both sides," Cowley quotes a source as saying. "[GM Kenny Williams] might want to act quickly, though."

Dunn is in the final year of a two-year contract with the Nationals and would likely be a Type A free agent, so that could raise the price for the White Sox. It also helps the Nationals' bargaining stance that Dunn would fit the Angels' needs, as well.

The White Sox's current designated hitter, Mark Kotsay, has struggled, hitting .212/..317/.365 with six home runs and 16 RBI. Dunn would represent a significant upgrade. He's currently hitting .275/.366/.559 with 17 home runs and 47 RBI.

In the past, Dunn has been reluctant to be a designated hitter, but he's proven to be one of the worst defensive players in baseball, both in the outfield and at first base.

The affable Dunn has said he'd like to stay in D.C., but that may be as much a result of him feeling comfortable more than anything. When he was in Cincinnati, he would get a tad prickly about the subject of the trade deadline every July and was on edge about the subject until the calendar switched to August.

However, it was after the trade deadline that he was traded from the Reds to the Diamondbacks in 2008 for Micah Owings, Wilkin Castillo and Dallas Buck. The Diamondbacks did not offer Dunn arbitration following the 2008 season.

Dunn will likely be asked about this report before today's game and will dismiss it and pledge that he wants to stay with the Nationals and he doesn't want to be traded.

Dunn doesn't have a no-trade clause, but could be more open to a move to the White Sox because his best friend in baseball, Ken Griffey Jr., had a positive experience at the end of the 2008 season when he was traded from Cincinnati to Chicago.

The 30-year old Dunn is one of the most consistent power hitters in the game, hitting 40 or more home runs in six of the previous seven seasons, his dip coming last season when he hit 38. A lightening rod for fans, Dunn is often the center of the average-vs.-on-base percentage argument and the importance of strikeouts. Dunn is a career .251/.382/.522 hitter. This season his average is at an all-time high, but his on-base percentage is lower than usual.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 23, 2010 7:06 pm

Bad call gives Strasburg his first L

Stephen Strasburg Stephen Strasburg suffered the first loss of his career on Wednesday, losing to the Royals 1-0. However, the game wasn't without controversy as home plate Hunter Wendelstedt killed a sixth-inning Nationals rally with a bad call at the plate.

With runners on first and second in the sixth, Adam Dunn singled to right and Roger Bernadina tried to score on Kansas City right fielder Jose Guillen. Guillen's throw was to the first-base side of home, Royals catcher Jason Kendall wheeled and placed the tag on Bernadina, apparently late, but Wendelstedt called him out.

With the naked eye, the play wasn't even close. Bernadina looked like his left leg slid past the plate by the time Kendall tagged him on the right knee. Replays showed Kendall tagged Bernadina on the left foot, but not before he touched the plate.

That was the second out of the inning and then Ian Desmond struck out against Brian Bannister to end the inning.

Bannister outpitched Strasburg, allowing five hits and no runs, while striking out four and walking two in six innings. Strasburg was no slouch, though, also going six, striking out nine and allowing nine hits, while walking none and giving up a run in the fifth. Strasburg is now 2-1 with a 1.78 ERA and 41 strikeouts in his his first four starts -- a major league record.

Guillen's two-out RBI single in the fifth inning off of Strasburg plated the only run of the game.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 9, 2010 9:55 pm

Nats, Dunn talking extension

Adam Dunn told MLB.com's Bill Lasdon that his agent Greg Genske talked with the Nationals about a contract extension last week when the team was in Houston.

Dunn is a free agent after this season, but has stated he'd like to stay in Washington.

"The Nationals know how I feel about this place. I hope that something can be worked out," Dunn told Lasdon. "Again, I'm not in any hurry. It's probably No. 10 on my list of things to worry about."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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