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Giants, Dodgers, A’s among teams with interest in acquiring veteran slugger Adam Dunn

Aug 31, 2014, 10:01 AM EDT

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Tom Verducci of shares the scoop

The San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics are among teams interested in acquiring Chicago White Sox slugger Adam Dunn before the Monday deadline for postseason eligibility, two sources told A potential trade may be Dunn’s final chance to experience postseason baseball.

ESPN’s Buster Olney adds the Dodgers to the mix.

Dunn has a no-trade clause, but he’s appeared in more career regular-season games without reaching the playoffs than any active major league player and the belief is that he would accept a deal to a contending team. The veteran slugger will turn 35 years old this winter and is in the final year of a four-year, $56 million contract with the White Sox. He has strongly hinted that he might retire once that deal is done.

Dunn is batting .220/.340/.433 with 20 home runs and 54 RBI in 106 games this season for Chicago.


UPDATE, 10:03 a.m. ET: A deal might be coming together quickly …


UPDATE, 10:05 a.m. ET: Olney now says the Giants are out. It sounds like Dunn is headed to Oakland.


UPDATE, 11:49 a.m. ET: Dunn has been traded to the A’s for minor league reliever Nolan Sanburn.

  1. yahmule - Aug 31, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    If Dunn retires after this season, nobody is ever catching Reggie Jackson as all time whiff king.

    • doctorrustbelt - Aug 31, 2014 at 11:10 AM

      Anyone how follows baseball CLOSELY knows that Adam Dunn NEVER hits home runs when they need to be hit.

      Adam Dunn only hits non-clutch home runs in blowout games.

      Every manager not named Dusty Baker knows that you just put in a left-hander when Dunn enters the game (STEEEEEE-RIKE Three).

      • Paper Lions - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:07 PM

        Anyone with a basic understanding of baseball can find data to support or refute this claim.

        Dunn’s career wRC+ in low, med, and high leverage situations: 125, 118, 126

        Dunn’s career slugging in low, med, and high leverage situations: .492, .479, .509

        Dunn’s HR rate (# of plate appearances per HR): 15.2, 15.1, 13.2

        Well, would you look at that. The data show that Dunn is actually better in high leverage situations than he is in other situations.

      • whatacrocker - Aug 31, 2014 at 2:38 PM

        Sick burn.

      • yahmule - Aug 31, 2014 at 2:51 PM

        J.P. Ricciardi, is that you?

  2. greej1938l - Aug 31, 2014 at 10:18 AM


    • Ren - Aug 31, 2014 at 10:21 AM

      Definitely zero percent chance for the Dodgers with Gonzalez there at first.

      • dodgerfaninjapan - Aug 31, 2014 at 11:29 AM

        Yeah, the Dodgers have a pretty solid guy at first and are already rotating 5 outfielders if they wanted to try hime there. I can’t see them trading anyone for a backup first baseman / PH/ DH(if they make it to the WS).

        Still I would like to see Dunn play a few more years. He’s only 34 and has 460 HR. And as yahmule said, he’s closing in on the all-time strike-out record. He’s had an interesting career and I’d like to see his name feature a little more prominently in the record books.

  3. recoveringcubsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    If he was willing to pinch-hit, it’d be neat to see Dunn in DC again. Wish he wasn’t so pricey.

  4. sjsharksfan11 - Aug 31, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Cute how the Pathetics are trying so badly to be successful and relevant like the Giants have been for many years now. This trade proves their Cespedes’s trade was as dumb as everyone thought. I look forward to Verlander owning them once again in the playoffs!

    • drewzducks - Aug 31, 2014 at 10:53 AM

      The Pathetics? Are you talking about the A’s or your precious little toothless sand sharks?

  5. phillysports1 - Aug 31, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Cespedes trade was dumb I agree. Morons !

    • Ren - Aug 31, 2014 at 11:19 AM

      Lester has a 37/8 K to Walk ratio and not to mention a nice 2.66 era at the start of August, Jonny Gomes on the other hand is just 8 for 30 (.250 BA AVG) with 5 RBI’s in this month.

      Cespedes owns a .277 BA AVG with 4 HR and 22 RBI’S with the Redsox.

      So far, it’s a good trade with somewhat good results for both teams…

  6. doctorrustbelt - Aug 31, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    If a National League general manager acquires strikeout king Adam Dunn… he should be beaten with hammers for putting that slow, defensive liability on the field.

  7. realgone2 - Aug 31, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    A’s just got him

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