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…

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?

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.

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 22, 2010 1:10 am

No Pudge Rodriguez back in Detroit

Ivan Rodriguez Anyone hoping for an Ivan Rodriguez reunion in Detroit shall hope no more as Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports says the Tigers have no interest in any reunion.

That's not because the Tigers are fine at catcher -- they're not. Gerald Laird and Alex Avila are currently in a timeshare -- and not a very good one. Avila is at a .210/295/.318 line through 176 at-bats in his first extended tour of the bigs at age 23. While he still has the potential to emerge into a starting catcher, it's not now.

Laird, on the other hand, is at an eye-gouging .183/.250/251 in 194 at-bats. I-Rod's .673 OPS (and remained cannon of an arm) would be a massive upgrade.

They can't be ruled out for Colorado's Chris Iannetta, although indications point to the Rockies waiting until the offseason to deal the young catcher. There isn't much else on the catcher's market now that Bengie Molina has landed with Laird's former team, the Rangers.

Rodriguez also has a contract through 2011 at an affordable salary, so Washington would likely need a significant offer to move Pudge, the team's starting catcher. Rodriguez can also mentor Jesus Flores when the youngster returns from being hurt, as he constantly has been in his career.

Morosi also notes that the Tigers don't want to bring back Nate Robertson. Robertson was traded from Detroit to Florida in spring training and posted a 5.47 ERA in 100 1/3 innings (and you don't want to see his numbers as of late) -- so the Tigers' lack of interest is no surprise.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 20, 2010 12:03 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2010 3:01 pm

Nationals' Rizzo isn't actively selling

The Washington Nationals are 40-53 and in their usual spot at the bottom of the National League East standings and by all accounts should be selling off pieces at the trade deadline. However, according to CSNwashington.com's Mark Zuckerman , the store is not only not open, the lights are off.

"He's not the one initiating any of the talks," Zimmerman quotes a source "familiar with [Mike] Rizzo's thinking."

The Nationals' biggest trade piece is slugger Adam Dunn, who is a free agent after this season. There have been on-again, off-again reports about a contract extension for Dunn, who is tied for second in the National League in homers (22) and third in OPS (.950). According to Zuckerman, Dunn is searching for a contract longer than three years at more than $15 million a year. The Nationals don't want to give Dunn a contract that long and risk him having 10-5 rights and the ability to kill any trade at the end of his contract.

If the Nationals don't offer Dunn such a contract, he'll test his worth on the free agent market. Dunn has drawn interest from the White Sox and Angels, among other teams.

With a very thin reliever market, the Nationals also have a relatively attractive trade piece in closer Matt Capps. Capps is arbitration-eligible after the season and the team has Drew Storen, their closer of the future, already in the big leagues and pitching well as a setup man.

The team's other trade candidate is outfielder Josh Willingham, who is hitting .277/.404/.490. He's on a one-year contract worth $4.6 million, but like Capps is arbitration eligible and under team control through next season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 20, 2010 10:11 am
Edited on: July 20, 2010 3:03 pm

White Sox offering pick of the farm for Dunn

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: July 19, 2010 3:41 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:55 am

Relievers on the block 'terrible'

Is your team one of the many out there looking for bullpen help? Good luck.

Here's what ESPN's Buster Olney hears:

Right now the cream of the crop seems to be a trio of Blue Jays: Kevin Gregg, Jason Frasor and Scott Downs. Also, available could be the likes of Pittsburgh's Octavio Dotel, Houston's Brandon Lyon, Seattle's David Aardsma, Kansas City's Kyle Farnsworth, Florida's Leo Nunez, Washington's Matt Capps and Arizona's Chad Qualls and Aaron Heilman. The trade market even had a hiccup when Kerry Wood went on the DL -- that tells you about everything you need to know.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 16, 2010 5:20 pm
Edited on: July 16, 2010 7:39 pm

Yankees would love Dunn, Soria

The Yankees would love to have Adam Dunn and Joakim Soria, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal tweets , but adds the caveats that the Nationals asking price for Dunn is "exorbitant" and the "Royals would need to be overwhelmed" to deal their closer.

Dunn is a free agent after the season, but the Nationals must feel they have the inside track at re-signing him. Dunn's value is mostly to American League teams, like the Yankees, who would use him as a designated hitter. Dunn, though, has repeatedly stated his preference to play the field, perhaps limiting his field of teams to National League squads. That would play in favor of the Nationals for him staying. If he signed with an AL club, the temptation would be too great for any manager to be able to get his bat without his glove.

Soria, on the other hand, is valuable and affordable. He signed an extension two years ago that has him under team control through 2014.

Although Soria's name is being thrown around in trade talks, it makes no sense for the Royals to deal him if they think they can compete in the next four seasons.

So, really, my next tweet may be that I'm married, but would love to get calls from two women: Scarlett Johansson and Christina Hendricks. (I do realize it's a flawed comparison, but while I'm no New York Yankees, Dunn and Soria are hardly Johansson and Hendricks.)

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 16, 2010 10:41 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:34 am

Zimmerman doesn't want Nats broken up

Ryan Zimmerman The Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman knows the team isn't headed to the postseason in 2010, but he's hopeful the team doesn't look too far into the future and keep some of the pieces the team does have right now -- especially Adam Dunn and Josh Willingham.

Zimmerman is under contract through 2013, so it's understandable he'd like the others to stay. However, Dunn and Willingham are free agents after the season, so even not trading them will guarantee they stay in DC.

"We're so close," Zimmerman told the Washington Post 's Adam Kilgore . "I mean, they know. Mike [Rizzo] and Stan [Katsen] are smart. They're one of the biggest reasons we're so much better this year. They drafted well. They traded well. They know what we need to do to win. I don't think either of them want to get rid of either of those guys. They understand what we have, and they're proud of the team we have."

The Nationals are 39-50 and hoping to avoid 100 losses for the third season in a row.

Both Willingham and Dunn have expressed a desire to stay with the Nationals, but Dunn may be wavering because of the Nationals' lack of communication on an extension.

Dunn is also the team's best trading piece, but there's no immediate replacement for Dunn's power production in the system.

The team's other trading piece is closer Matt Capps, signed to a one-year deal. Capps has 23 saves and in a market short on relievers, he could bring in more than his future worth, especially with Drew Storen ready to take over the closer's role and Tyler Clippard with cloer's stuff, as well.

Zimmerman, though, said he'd like to keep the team together and pal the rest of the season at full strength in order to stay below 100 losses and maybe entice free agents to come to Washington.

"I think this year is the first year where we can kind of see over the hump," Zimmerman said. "Next year -- I hate talking about next year already -- but next year we have a possibility to do a lot of damage."

The Nationals are clearly a team on the rise, but Dunn is 30 and may be looking to play for a winning team for once, in his 10 seasons, the only winning team he's played for is the 2008 Diamondbacks, a team that finished 82-80. Dunn joined the team in a trade after the deadline and failed to make the playoffs.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 15, 2010 6:43 pm

Wright the definition of a journeyman

Jamey Wright Can you imagine what Jamey Wright's closet looks like? How many different-colored duffel bags and warmup jackets he must have?

Mega-journeyman Wright was signed as a free agent by the Mariners on Thursday, and when he makes his first appearance Seattle will officially become his eighth major league team.

It's also his third organization in the past five weeks. Wright, 35, started the season with Cleveland, appearing in eight major league games, before the Indians released him June 10. On June 16, he signed as a minor-league free agent with Oakland, then opted out of that contract to sign with the Mariners. He went to spring training once before with the Mariners and didn't make the team.

His career transactions list looks like Al Capone's rap sheet, but the Oklahoma City native has made a decent living off his vagabond career. According to baseball-reference.com, he's made nearly $12 million. Not bad for going 83-117 with an ERA over 5.

In case you're wondering, the record for most major league teams is 12, shared by four players: Deacon McGuire (1884-1912), Mike Morgan, Ron Villone and Matt Stairs. The title of Ultimate Journeyman has to go to Villone, who made his 12 stops over a span of just 15 seasons. The 40-year-old lefty is in the Nationals' minor-league system, so he still has a chance to set the record (as does Stairs, who is with the Padres).

-- David Andriesen

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