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A’s acquire veteran slugger Adam Dunn from the White Sox

Aug 31, 2014, 11:49 AM EDT

The A’s announced the trade Sunday morning on their official Twitter account …

Oakland was on Dunn’s no-trade list, but he waived that veto power because he wants a taste of postseason baseball for the first time in his 14-year major league career. The 34-year-old will presumably take over as the A’s primary designated hitter. He was batting .220/.340/.433 with 20 home runs and 54 RBI in 106 games this season for Chicago and can provide a nice left-handed power boost to the struggling Athletics offense.

Dunn is making $15 million in the final year of a four-year, $56 million deal. He’s owed about $2.5 million.

Sanburn was a second-round pick in 2012. The reliever owns a cool 2.92 ERA in 120 minor league innings.

  1. xjokerz - Aug 31, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    WhiteSux fans probably joyful has hell to have this turd off their team.

    dudes a solid for 0-4 nights and thats about it. his free swinging ways doesnt sound good for a park like the O.Co

    • recoveringcubsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      Sigh. Everyone can read stats, right? Hello? Is this thing on?

      I think the lede here is “Oakland once again finds value where most teams see dross.” Apparently you can put some fans in the dross camp, too.

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 31, 2014 at 1:40 PM

        He’s still a positive on OPS+ and oWAR, and it’s not like the A’s are getting much from the DH spot right now.

    • jerze2387 - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      yeah, because it didnt work out for brandon moss, josh donaldson, yoenis cespedes, john jaso, derek norris, coco crisp, jonny gomes a couple years ago….should i go on? because yeah, none of them have shown power in Oakland.

      and what fan would you be a team of? one thats won a WS since 05?

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 31, 2014 at 1:54 PM

        Actually, could be a steal for A’s. Sox pay half the salary, first.

        Then, there’s Sanburn. (And, Drew, “ERA”? Really? There’s more modern stats, even at the minors.)

        Speaking of, Sanburn has not done well with moving from A to A+ ball so far this year, despite Drew painting a glowing picture of his overall minors stats. That’s also not good on looking at minors comparisons, Drew.

        At Stockton this year, he has a 1.444 WHIP, working all as a closer. Call me back in three years and let’s see where he’s at:

      • xjokerz - Aug 31, 2014 at 2:19 PM

        MY teams is currently in first place in the Al central again and destined to make the world series, again.

    • Bryz - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      Calling Adam Dunn a free swinger is one of the more hilarious things I’ve ever read on this blog.

      • doctorrustbelt - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:55 PM

        When Adam Dung is in the lineup opposing managers only need to put in a left-hander and Adam Dung strikes out or grounds out.

      • Bryz - Aug 31, 2014 at 1:04 PM

        That doesn’t make a difference over whether he’s a free swinger. All that proves is that he can’t hit lefties which is common for lefthanded hitters.

        A free swinger is a guy that swings at more pitches than the average hitter. Adam Dunn is the exact opposite of that.

      • xjokerz - Aug 31, 2014 at 1:05 PM

        how stupid are you? do you watch baseball?.. lets look at Adam Dunns numbers while playing on the white sox shall we you illiterate tw@t

        2011- .159AVG / .292OBP
        2012- .204 / .333OBP
        2013- .219 / .320 OBP
        2014- .220/.338 OBP.

        i dont care this his obp is .100 points higher than his pathetic average, dudes a fat turd.

      • gloccamorra - Aug 31, 2014 at 1:10 PM

        Herr Doktor: According to his career splits, he’s hit 118 homers against lefties. Against right handers, he strikes out 33.5% of his ABs, against lefties, it’s 36.8%. He’s much better against right handers, but against lefties he’s no slouch either.

      • doctorrustbelt - Aug 31, 2014 at 1:15 PM

        Yeah… he’s great.

        So dependable.


      • Bryz - Aug 31, 2014 at 2:15 PM

        doctorrustbelt and xjokerz, you two must be huge hits at parties.

    • chiadam - Aug 31, 2014 at 9:00 PM

      Have you looked at his WOBP? Get past the strikeout and batting average fixation and look at his actual production.

  2. edwardemanuelson - Aug 31, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    460 career home runs and counting. Great pick up for the A’s. Good guy, too.

    • xjokerz - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:14 PM

      who the hell cares about his 40+ homerun years in cincy damn 10 years ago.

      get real.

      • Ren - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:18 PM

        Who knows? Maybe he’ll have a good season there with the A’s.

      • jerze2387 - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:44 PM

        wow you really hate adam dunn. Did he sleep with your wife, sister, or mother? judging by your hatred for him, im guessing all 3.

      • edwardemanuelson - Aug 31, 2014 at 4:40 PM

        No kidding! Let it go man!

      • yankeefan1950 - Aug 31, 2014 at 5:13 PM

        “who the hell cares about his 40+ homerun years in cincy damn 10 years ago.” Wow, that’s just about the time you were born, right?

  3. clydeserra - Aug 31, 2014 at 11:57 AM


  4. The Bronx Bombers - Aug 31, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    lol…1 and done like usual

    • sandpiperair - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      And how many times have the Yankees gone out in the first round lately?

  5. maddogg911 - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    As, how is that Cespedes trade working out for you guys?? You don’t trade your best hitter for a rental player , this one is going to come back and bite you !!!

    • clydeserra - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:26 PM

      ok, look. Cespedes was not the A’s best hitter. top 5 sure, but not best.

      The entire offense has stunk since july. Lester has been quite good. it was a shocking, but fair trade. Good gamble for teh A’s.

  6. chicagocane - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    good move for both teams. Sox rid themselves of a symbol of the current bad vibe and get a guy who could be good. I noticed they also paid cash. How much they paid will tell you how good the prospect is.
    A’s roll dice on a guy who could maybe get motivated and add some pop to a lineup that needs it after the Cespedes trade. As much as he strikes out, he also walks a lot, which Oakland likes.

    good move Sox

    • Gordon - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:26 PM

      Dunn is actually a good dude who’s had a rough 4 years. It turned out to be an awful signing by the Sox. Hope the fresh start helps him out.

      I’m just glad the Six got some more pitching. The relievers currently on the roster have been brutal.

    • jwbiii - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:55 PM

      Sox are paying $1.2m.

      • sophiethegreatdane - Aug 31, 2014 at 2:31 PM

        How did you embed that? I’m curious.

      • jwbiii - Aug 31, 2014 at 2:45 PM

        Honestly I don’t know. I hit the embed button from the tweet and copied the link info and posted it here. Sometimes when I do that, I get the formatting and the picture, sometimes I only get the text. I think it’s a Word Press/Twitter issue.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Aug 31, 2014 at 3:00 PM

        Copy/paste the entire url and it does it, same with youtube links. No html coding needed. If you click on a person’s tweet, click on the ‘details’ and just paste that entire link, and voila.

      • jwbiii - Aug 31, 2014 at 4:41 PM

        Heh. A ball pitchers have twitter accounts. Who knew?

        Thank you @Athletics for the awesome opportunity and the memories! I'm excited to join the @whitesox organization! #GoSox— Nolan Sanburn (@nolan_sanburn) August 31, 2014

      • jwbiii - Aug 31, 2014 at 4:42 PM

        And sometimes I just get the text.

  7. maddogg911 - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Mark it down….A’s will miss postseason due in part to the horrible Cespedes trade!!! Angels all the way !!!

    • clydeserra - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:28 PM

      that seems unlikely.

      • 1981titan - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:46 PM

        The A’s have lost 6 games to the Angels this month (Since the trade). Is it that unlikely that they will lose an additional 5.5 games to Seattle. Thanks Billy for getting rid of Cespedes. As an Angel fan that guy killed us. He regularly threw out Angel runners at the plate saving runs for the Oakland Pitching Staff. That throw to get Kendrick earlier in the year was insane. Glad he’s not on the A’s any longer. That trade was the best move the Angels could have made at the deadline.

      • clydeserra - Aug 31, 2014 at 1:11 PM

        you are saying cespedes was a 6 win player in August?

      • 1981titan - Aug 31, 2014 at 2:13 PM

        I guess the real question is who are the real A’s. The team that won 61.7% of their games through July 31 with Cespedes, or the Cespedes less team that could only win 42.9% of their games in August. Was the 61.7% just smoke and mirrors and players having the best 4 months of their career. They lost 5 games to Seattle and 3.5 to NY. Cespedes may have hit only .256, but he had 17 HR & 67 RBI’s for the A’s Lester can have a 1.00 ERA and the way their scoring he’ll still only be a .500 pitcher. Not his fault. Cespedes was a catalyst for that team. Terrible trade. Again THANK YOU.

      • thisdamnbox - Aug 31, 2014 at 3:25 PM

        The injury bug has bitten both teams…The As are aging, which is probably why Billy has been ALL-IN. Day before this trade Coco gets banged up against the wall and another man is down. Smoke and mirrors? B.S. It’s a long season and injuries hampered them late…same as the team across the Bay.

      • infieldhit - Aug 31, 2014 at 3:44 PM

        I think what’s being overlooked is their acquisition of Johnny Gomes: “Captain Chemistry.”

  8. rawdog2013 - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Can’t get much worse. We’ll take him.
    First things first – score some fetes king runs!!

  9. jinx21fan - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    I do agree with a lot of people that the Cespedes trade was not a good for the A’s (especially long-term). I think this deal has way more to do with Brandon Moss being abducted by aliens at the All-Star game and a clone, with no understanding of how to hit at all, being put in his place.

  10. rawdog2013 - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:23 PM


  11. APBA Guy - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    After 22 scoreless innings by the A’s, a .750 OPS DH looks pretty good.

  12. psunick - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    A’s are still the best team in baseball, because their + 158 run differential says so. Everybody knows that.

    • SocraticGadfly - Aug 31, 2014 at 1:36 PM

      Uhh, I believe that run differential has been negative in August.

      • psunick - Aug 31, 2014 at 1:44 PM

        Precisely my point. Some of these “new metrics” leave a lot to be desired.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Aug 31, 2014 at 3:01 PM

        Run differential is not a new metric, and it’s not predicative of anything.

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 31, 2014 at 3:26 PM

        Run differential is, I believe, used in things like Pythag.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Aug 31, 2014 at 3:38 PM

        It is, but it has no predictive value and is subject to lots of issues. It’s something you can look at, like OPS+, for a quick gauge of performance but there are far better metrics you can use.

  13. rawdog2013 - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Surprised we didn’t give up Sonny Gray for Dunn

  14. doctorrustbelt - Aug 31, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    Watch… the A’s will tank with Adam Dunn.

    Every team that got rid of him got better and every team that acquired him got worse.

    You’ll see…. AGAIN.

    • gloccamorra - Aug 31, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      …so, he’s a jinx? Is that all you’re saying? What about the proverbial ‘change of scenery’? Plus, he can pitch! His ERA is 9.00 but his FIP is only 6.12!

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