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The Yankees are reportedly "in heavy" on Adam Dunn

Jul 30, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

You know it’s trade deadline season when I don’t even have the time to make up some tasty bit of innuendo out of a headline like that!  Anyway, the rumor:

Ken Rosenthal talks to a “rival executive” who says that the Yankees are still really wanting Adam Dunn, and that their chatter in recent days about not being interested was just designed to goose Mike Rizzo into action.  Rosenthal himself isn’t buying in, however, as “other executives” tell him that the Yankees are out of the Dunn business.

So take that for what’s it’s worth. I’ll just note that the Yankees probably have one of the most closed communications loops of any team, and you rarely if ever get actual dirt out of them. The only time I can remember it recently was when Joel Sherman had all of that business about the Cliff Lee talks the day it all went down. For the most part, however, you never know what they’re doing.

  1. Johnnyb10 - Jul 30, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    It sounds like Washington is using the Yankees to get Dunn’s value up, just like Seattle did with Cliff Lee. I personally think it’s cheesy, but it happens every year.

  2. Fernando - Jul 30, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    While Dunn would be a good add to any lineup, the Yankees really need relief help. Why waste prospects for Dunn when the team already has enough OF, 1B and DH options. Plus, it’s been noted than Dunn wants no part of being a DH.
    I think Johnny’s point about Washington trying to up the value of Dunn is head on, which may explain why the typically secretive Yanks said “we are out on Dunn”.
    Washington got two players, inculding one top cathcing prospect for a pending FA relief pitcher. I’m sure the price for Dunn is insane if they got that for Capps.

  3. Md23Rewls - Jul 30, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    I love Dunn’s bat, but I think the Yankees are using the DH perfectly this year for the kind of team they have. Give the older guys a breather here and there, rest up nagging injuries, etc.. I’d be leery of messing with that. And yeah, they need a reliever much more than they need a bat or a starting pitcher.

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