Tag:Adam Dunn
Posted on: December 2, 2010 6:27 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2010 8:46 pm

Zimmerman disappointed Dunn's gone

Ryan Zimmerman Adam Dunn is headed to Chicago, and Ryan Zimmerman isn't too happy about it.

For now, Zimmerman is the Nationals' best player and the face of their franchise. He was vocal in wanted Dunn to return to Washington, and now that the slugger is going elsewhere, Zimmerman certainly has an opinion on the matter.

"From the last time we talked about baseball, the last day of the season, he said he would love to come back here," Zimmerman told the Washington Post 's Adam Kilgore . "If they would have given him a fair deal, he even would have probably gone a little bit cheaper to come with us."

The Nationals had offered a three-year deal, and said repeatedly during the season he wanted to stay with the Nationals, but was looking for a long-term deal.

Still Zimmerman said he wants to remain a National the rest of his career, but is still frustrated.

"I hope that this plan they have intact -- I guess this one of the years we were supposed to take that next step and become one of the teams that gets those free agent guys," Zimmerman said. "They've told us and the fans to be patient. Hopefully this is one of the years we start acquiring impact guys and taking the team to that next level."

However, Dunn is still the only impact free agent to have ever signed with the Nationals, and now he's gone.

"Knowing that we had one of the three top free agents on our team and we didn't want to resign him, it's frustrating for us as players," Zimmerman told MASNSports.com's Ben Goessling .

UPDATE: Apparently it hasn't bothered Zimmerman that much -- he tells Kilgore that a long-term deal like Troy Tulowitzki's "absolutely appeals to me." Of course, who wouldn't mind that kind of security, no matter where it came from?

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 2, 2010 5:11 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2010 6:33 pm

White Sox add Dunn, still want Konerko

Adam Dunn Not only have the White Sox signed Adam Dunn, they're also close to re-signing Paul Konerko, Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports (via Twitter ).

Dunn's deal could be announced as soon as tomorrow, pending the physical. According to Dave van Dyke of the Chicago Tribune , the deal is worth four years and $56 million.

According to Cowley, the White Sox were late on Victor Martinez before calling the Brewers about Prince Fielder and then when that appeared unlikely, moved to Dunn.

While it seemed unlikely the White Sox could have both Dunn and Konerko, it seems they want to do just that. That would necessitate Dunn serving as a designated hitter, something he hasn't wanted to do in the past, but it does help the team's offense.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

UPDATE : If the White Sox want to bring back Konerko, they may have competition from their crosstown rivals. SI.com's Jon Heyman hears that the Cubs are in on Konerko to fill their first-base game.

-- Evan Brunell

UPDATE: In a confernece call, when asked if the White Sox had enough money to sign both Dunn and Konerko, general manager Kenny Williams said, "Not only do we have room, but it would be the ideal from our perspective." (Chicago Tribune )

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Posted on: December 2, 2010 2:35 pm

White Sox have interest in Adam Dunn

Dunn Surprise, surprise: the White Sox are in on Adam Dunn.

Interest is "serious," says ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. Of course it would be serious if a GM had just spent weeks climbing up walls trying to get Adam Dunn from the Nationals and even moving to acquire Edwin Jackson in a gambit to flip him for Dunn.

The White Sox could potentially offer Dunn a chance to play first pending what happens with Paul Konerko. And while the offense would suffer for it, the ChiSox could grit their teeth and hand left field to Dunn, shifting Juan Pierre or Carlos Quentin to DH. More likely, they'll do a song-and-dance with Dunn about their park, commitment to winning and ability to cough out gobs of dollars to make the lefty amenable to DHing.

Dunn is also grabbing interest from the A's, although his market has yet to really materialize.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 1, 2010 2:31 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2010 4:46 pm

A's met with Berkman, not Dunn

Dunn The San Francisco Chronicle has revealed that Adam Dunn met with the Athletics Tuesday in Houston.

Dunn is seeking a four-year deal north of $60 million, which may price Oakland out. However, if Dunn finds the market not to his liking, the A's may be able to play ball with a reduced price tag.

Further holding Oakland back is Dunn's preferring to play the field, not DH.

The A's also met with Lance Berkman, who they are targeting very seriously to fill that DH role.

-- Evan Brunell

UPDATE: The San Francisco Chronicle 's Susan Slusser tweets that her report was inaccurate, the team didn't meet with Dunn, they are targeting Lance Berkman as their designated hitter. Slusser notes the team is "in" on Dunn, but focused on Berkman.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 30, 2010 11:55 pm

Francisco, Frasor accept arbitration

Jason Frasor The Rangers' Frank Francisco and the Blue Jays' Jason Frasor have accepted salary arbitration, the Major League Baseball Players Association announced Tuesday night. They were the only two of 27 arbitration-eligible free agents to accept.

Francisco and Frasor are both middle relievers and may have found themselves hamstrung by being Type A free agents and costing a draft pick to sign.

Turning down arbitration were Kevin Gregg, Octavio Dotel, Trevor Hoffman, Kevin Correia, Pedro Feliciano, Aaron Heilman, Brad Hawpe, Felipe Lopez, Scott Downs, Randy Choate, Grant Balfour, J.J. Putz, Carl Crawford, Rafael Soriano, Carl Pavano, Adrian Beltre, Chad Qualls, Cliff Lee, Jayson Werth, Adam Dunn, Jesse Crain, Orlando Hudson, Paul Konerko, Miguel Olivo and Adam LaRoche.

Those 25 players could still re-sign with their previous teams.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 28, 2010 4:08 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2010 4:12 pm

Cubs interested in Pena, Berkman

Carlos Pena The Cubs are looking for a first baseman, but appear to be targeting the second-tier to Adam Dunn, including Carlos Pena and Lance Berkman, FOXSports.com's Jon Paul Morosi writes .

Pena, a Scott Boras client, may be looking for just a one-year deal to re-establish his value after his 2010 below the Mendoza line. Although Pena hit 28 home runs and had 84 RBI, he hit just .196/.325/.407.

Pena, 32, was not offered arbitration after he hit $10.125 million last season in Tampa.

The Cubs don't have a left-handed power bat on their roster, and Pena would certainly benefit by playing half his games at Wrigley Field. He is also a good defensive first baseman.

Berkman, a switch-hitter, hit .248/.368/.413 with 14 home runs and 58 RBI with the Astros and Yankees. Berkman, who will be 35 next season, hit all but one of his home runs as a left-handed batter in 2010. Berkman has struggled in his career at Wrigley, where he's hit just .220/.355/.384 with 11 home runs in 327 plate appearances.

Although Dunn has reportedly lobbied to play for the Cubs, he doesn't appear to be within their budget.

If the Cubs don't sign a first baseman, outfielder Tyler Colvin could move there.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 26, 2010 6:38 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:13 pm

Dodgers still shopping

The Dodgers made today's big news, signing free-agent starter Jon Garland, but the team isn't finished spending.

On the conference call announcing the move, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said he's still looking for a bat and a reliever. He's also needs to decide on what to do at catcher, according to this tweet from Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times .

The Dodgers were expected to be hamstrung by the divorce of owner Frank McCourt, but they've re-signed Ted Lilly and Hiroki Kuroda in addition to signing Garland.

It's unlikely the Dodgers can afford one of the higher-priced free agents like Carl Crawford, Jayson Werth or Adam Dunn.

The Dodgers have three catchers on their 40-man roster, but could choose to non-tender Russell Martin. The team also has A.J. Ellis and Hector Gimenez on the 40-man roster. The team didn't offer arbitration to free-agent catcher Rod Barajas this week.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans 

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Posted on: November 23, 2010 1:33 pm

Nats offer Dunn arbitration

Adam Dunn In a day that will be filled with formalities, here's another one -- the Nationals have offered Adam Dunn arbitration, MLB.com's Bill Ladson writes .

The move had to be done by midnight for the Natioanls to be able to receive compensatory picks for losing Dunn, who will likely decline the offer. If he accepts, he'll garner just a one-year deal for next season. However, Dunn already went the short-term route, signing a two-year deal before the 2008 season and now is reportedly seeking a longer-term deal.
The Nationals have a three-year deal on the table for Dunn, Ladson writes, but Dunn and his agent, Greg Genske, are looking for a four-year deal.

Dunn, 31, has been linked to the Tigers lately, but with their recent signings of Victor Martinez, Joaquin Benoit and Jhonny Peralta, they may be running out of money for big free-agent signings.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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