Tag:Adam Dunn
Posted on: July 24, 2009 11:17 am
Posted on: May 12, 2009 12:11 pm
Edited on: May 12, 2009 4:40 pm

Odds & Ends: Proctor, Dunn, Contreras

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Posted on: May 6, 2009 5:05 pm

Frank Coonelly MLB.com Chat

Once again Pirates president Frank Coonelly chatted with fans on MLB.com.  His team owns a 12-14 record, fifth in the NL Central.  A few highlights from the chat:

  • Coonelly asked how close the Pirates were to signing Adam Dunn.  Coonelly replied, "we never got close to what he was seeking."  The implication is that the Pirates at least inquired, which is news to me.
  • Coonelly named the bullpen as an area that could warrant future moves.
  • The Pirates spent about $9.8MM on the draft last year, and they've got the fourth overall pick in 2009.  According to Coonelly, the Pirates will be "equally aggressive in the draft this year."  The Royals and Red Sox also spent around $10MM last year.
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Posted on: February 13, 2009 1:23 pm

Odds and Ends: Dunn, Schumaker, Abreu

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Posted on: February 13, 2009 12:41 pm

Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Red Sox, Cruz, Angels, Ja

On this date 14 years ago, Hideo Nomo signed with the Dodgers after "retiring" from professional baseball in Japan, becoming the first Japanese player in the big leagues in over 30 years. Nomo would go on to win 123 games in 12 big league seasons, including two no-hitters. Since then, at least 25 other pitchers have made the jump from Japan to the U.S. and Nomo is arguably still the best to make the move. With several big names still looking for their own big league contract, let's take a look at what is being written in the Blogosphere...

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Posted on: February 12, 2009 4:32 pm
Edited on: February 12, 2009 8:56 pm

Heyman On Manny, Pudge, Cabrera, Howard

The latest from SI.com's Jon Heyman...

  • Heyman says "most in the know seem to still believe [Dodgers owner Frank] McCourt will bend on Manny Ramirez and go to three years."
  • The Nationals' offer to Adam Dunn was on the table for weeks until he realized no team was going to beat or approach it.  There were rumors months ago that Dunn sought a $100MM deal heading into free agency.
  • The Astros and Marlins are looking at Ivan Rodriguez.  There's even an El Nuevo Dia report suggesting the Astros offered $2.5MM+ to Pudge, but that seems out of their price range to me.  In today's mailbag, MLB.com's Alyson Footer opines that the Astros wouldn't go to $3MM for a catcher.
  • The A's "want to spend no more than $5MM, and probably closer to $3MM" for Orlando Cabrera.  He should take that if it's offered.
  • The Angels had been eyeing Joe Crede but may be done after signing Bobby Abreu.  The Giants and Twins remain the likeliest suitors for Crede.
  • The Phillies hoped to lock up Ryan Howard beyond his arbitration years, and Ruben Amaro Jr. disputed the notion that he is after Teixeira money.
Posted on: February 12, 2009 1:40 pm
Edited on: February 12, 2009 8:56 pm

Odds and Ends: Dunn, Byrd, Epstein

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Posted on: February 12, 2009 12:35 pm
Edited on: February 12, 2009 8:56 pm

Nationals Have Six Players For Four Spots

As Chico Harlan of the Washington Post explains, the Nationals now have six players for four spots following the Adam Dunn signing.  Harlan says the Nats prefer Dunn in left field if Nick Johnson is healthy, leaving Josh Willingham's role in question.  Here's a look at the six players:

  • Adam Dunn: Agreed to play first base or left field.  Two-year, $20MM deal to become official today.
  • Nick Johnson: Has never played anywhere but first base.  Wants to play every day, but spent most of 2007-08 on the DL for leg and wrist injuries.  He's fine with a trade.  Set to earn $5.5MM in '09 in last year before free agency.  OBP machine.
  • Josh Willingham: Acquired along with Scott Olsen in November.  Missed 50 games in '08 with back issues.  2009 is his first arb year; he submitted $3.6MM vs. $2.55MM from the Nats.  Free agent-eligible after 2011 season.  Has mainly played LF in big league career (68 innings at catcher, 3 at first base).
  • Austin Kearns: Friend of Dunn from Cincinnati days. Owed $9MM for '09 (includes $1MM buyout for '10). Has experience as CF and RF.  Dealt with elbow, foot injuries in '08.
  • Lastings Milledge: Experience at all three OF positions. Turns 24 in April.  Under team control through 2012.  Didn't hit much outside of August.
  • Elijah Dukes: Experience at all three OF positions.  Turns 25 in June.  Under team control through 2013.  .972 OPS after All-Star break in 29 games (dealt with calf/knee injuries).  Paid back child support; will not face prison time.

Two more, not mentioned by Harlan as those considered potential everyday players:

  • Willie Harris: Signed two-year, $3MM extension in December.  Has played all three OF positions and 2B in his career, plus a small amount of SS and 3B.  FanGraphs valued his '08 defense so highly that they calculated him to be worth $14.6MM overall.
  • Wily Mo Pena: Exercised $2MM player option in October after Nationals declined $5MM club option.  Shoulder surgery in July.  Recently turned 27; had .472 career SLG prior to '08.

The Nats also have Corey Patterson in camp on a minor league deal.  Seems like he chose the wrong team.

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