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Adam Dunn wants at least three years and $40 million

Nov 16, 2010, 9:39 PM EDT

Adam Dunn swinging

That’s what one general manager told Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com.

White Sox general manager Ken Williams met with Adam Dunn’s agent Greg Genske on Tuesday in order to determine what the slugger is hoping to find in free agency.

Of course, Williams coveted Dunn around the trade deadline, but eventually settled for Manny Ramirez on a straight waiver claim from the Dodgers in August. That worked out real well, didn’t it?

Earlier this month, Bill Ladson of MLB.com reported that the Nationals have had a three-year deal for Dunn on the table for three months, but that the team was unwilling to go to a fourth year. Dunn is about as consistent of a home run hitter as you can find in this game, but he just turned 31 and as you probably know, players with his body type and skillset don’t tend to age particularly well.

With that in mind, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com wrote yesterday that Dunn could finally relent and become a full-time DH if it means he could get a longer contract. With many of his suitors in the American League, that’s probably a wise strategy, whether he really wants to be a DH or not.

  1. fquaye149 - Nov 16, 2010 at 10:06 PM

    “That worked out real well, didn’t it?” re: Manny. I don’t see what the snark is all about. Manny was just fine for the White Sox. They didn’t win the division because they had too much ground to make up when they acquired Manny (giving up only cash). They will probably get a draft pick if they offer him arbitration when he walks. I don’t necessarily see how the Manny acquisition was an abject failure. Are you suggesting that if the White Sox had acquired Dunn instead of Manny they would have made the playoffs?

    • Kevin S. - Nov 16, 2010 at 10:26 PM

      They would be insane to offer arbitration, as one of the main factors in arb awards for free agents is previous salary. Manny would accept in a heartbeat, and get somewhere in the neighborhood of the $20 million he made last year.

    • D.J. Short - Nov 16, 2010 at 10:51 PM

      Failure? No. Manny still had over a .400 on-base percentage with the White SOx. But, I would have liked Chicago’s chances a lot more had they added Dunn at the end of July, not Manny at the end of August.

      • fquaye149 - Nov 17, 2010 at 1:16 AM

        I’m just not sure where that comes from though. Manny had 0.2 WAR in 88 PA for the White Sox last year (according to B-R). Dunn had 3.6 WAR total last year in 648 PA. There’s just no reason to think that Dunn over Manny would have made a significant difference in the AL Central race. Better? Probably. But by enough to warrant comment? I just don’t see it

      • D.J. Short - Nov 17, 2010 at 9:18 AM

        Using WAR for this comparison isn’t really appropriate. You are comparing a DH in the American League to a below average defensive player in the National League.

  2. Jonny 5 - Nov 16, 2010 at 11:58 PM

    Dunn was created as a DH. He’s so damn stubborn and wants to play a position. Maybe he’ll be a horrible DH like Pat Burrell was? Some dudes need to play the game. Maybe Dunn knows something about himself that we don’t?
    I’m glad i’m not a GM.
    Look ,Dunn is a good pick up for 3 years. He’s molded himself into an OK 1st baseman with the bat to back it up. Anyone who needs a first baseman would be smart to go get him. For three years.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 17, 2010 at 1:46 PM

      He’s an OK first baseman for a little league team. He has a career -13.3 UZR/150.

  3. bigharold - Nov 17, 2010 at 12:03 AM

    Dunn is a died in the wool DH, no question about it. The only person that thinks otherwise is Dunn and his agent.

    Any AL team should be jumping on him with both feet.!.

    As a Yankee fan, knowing the Yankees plan on letting Posada DH, for the most part next year, and will have Jeter and A-Rod to fill the DH slot for the foreseeable future, .. I can’t get TOO worked up about Dunn. But, Dunn with his LH power would absolutely be a force at Yankee Stadium.

    But, Dunn is the best prototypical DH available in baseball this FA season. Why the RS wouldn’t tell Big slow Bat Ortiz to find employment elsewhere is beyond me. For heaven’s sake,if they turn down Ortiz’s option, they’re already more than half way to Dunn for the first year at least.

    If Epstein doesn’t make a serious run at Dunn he should gather up his Gorilla suit and geadto NY tobe Cashmans lackey!

  4. bigharold - Nov 17, 2010 at 12:05 AM

    Dunn is a died in the wool DH, no question about it. The only person that thinks otherwise is Dunn and his agent.

    Any AL team should be jumping on him with both feet.!.

    As a Yankee fan, knowing the Yankees plan on letting Posada DH, for the most part next year, and will have Jeter and A-Rod to fill the DH slot for the foreseeable future, .. I can’t get TOO worked up about Dunn. But, Dunn with his LH power would absolutely be a force at Yankee Stadium.

    But, Dunn is the best prototypical DH available in baseball this FA season. Why the RS wouldn’t tell Big slow Bat Ortiz to find employment elsewhere is beyond me. For heaven’s sake,if they turn down Ortiz’s option, they’re already more than half way to Dunn for the first year at least.

    If Epstein doesn’t make a serious run at Dunn he should gather up his Gorilla suit and get going to NY to be Cashmans lackey!

  5. mvd513 - Nov 17, 2010 at 5:17 AM

    Honestly, I want the Reds to bring him back for left field.

  6. paperlions - Nov 17, 2010 at 7:53 AM

    Players with Dunn’s body type and skill set don’t age well? Like Jim Thome or Frank Thomas? Dunn isn’t a fat guy, and he’s only 31. He should be fine until 34; it isn’t like he’s 37 and asking for 3 years.

  7. proudlycanadian - Nov 17, 2010 at 9:13 AM

    Based on some comments by J. P. Ricciardi when he was Toronto’s GM, I am certain that the Jays have no interest and I doubt that the Mets do either. J. P. did not think that Dunn really enjoyed playing baseball.

    • paperlions - Nov 17, 2010 at 11:42 AM

      …because JP still have a lot of influence on the Jays personnel decisions?

  8. BC - Nov 17, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    3 years and 40 million? That’s basically per year what David Ortiz is making. I’d figure the price would be higher. I’d grab him in a second at that price.

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