I surprised we haven't heard anything about Adam Dunn moving from the lowly Nationals, to the Red Sox or any other team. He signed a $20 mil. 2 year deal with the Nationals before last season, presumably because it was the only offer near that money. I mean, who would want to play for the Nationals? From the Nationals perspective, do they want to pay $12 million to a player in 2010 only to see him walk? What are they waiting for, the tade deadline? I don't know about this strategy, it seems like more teams would be interested in him now as they build teams for the season. The Blue Jays tried to get cute with Halladay last July and had to take less in December.
Dunn had an excellent year in 2009, hitting 38 homers with a .398 OBP and .928 OPS, numbers above his career averages and he is only 30 years old. I was surprised to find he just turned 30 because it seems like he has been around for a while. He may actually be a player on the upswing and is certainly in the prime of his career. I haven't looked at any defensive stats, and I expect you all to slam on his defensive skills, but he has to be a defensive liability to negate this offensive production from first base.
What would it take to get him? Maybe one or two Sox prospects not named Bucholz or Kelly? How many teams would be willing and able to trade a young prospect or two for an expensive rental? I would guess not many. The bad teams with money, Baltimore, Seattle (on the rise?) Cubs, White Sox. come to mind. Maybe the Angels? Again, I'm just surprised we haven't heard anything on Dunn.
Then there are the Red Sox. Let's see...........Dunn or Kotchman?....give me a minute. Clearly the Sox need another bat for the long haul next season. Going into the season with Cameron in left and Kotchman at first, brings "bullpen by committee", 2003 to mind; the Sox are willing to move into a season with obvious holes and patch as they go along. Now this can work, but why wait? Dunn could also be DH insurance if Ortiz is done. All in all, the Sox and other teams should be talking to the Nationals about Dunn, even just to open the discussion for next July.