D-Backs Add Dunn for Playoff Push

August 11, 2008 at 12:49 pm 5 comments

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The Arizona Diamondbacks traded three prospects to the Cincinnati Reds for slugger Adam Dunn. This moves makes the D-Backs the favorites in the NL West.

Dunn brings his 32 homers (tied for 1st in the majors), 80 walks (2nd in NL, tied for 3rd in majors), and .373 OBP to the D-Backs’ lineup. I’m not sure where they plan on playing everybody (moving Conor Jackson back to 1B or RF?) but the D-Backs new lineup could look a little like this:

1. Stephen Drew – SS
2. Conor Jackson – RF
3. Adam Dunn – LF
4. Mark Reynolds – 3B
5. Chris Young – CF
6. Chad Tracy – 1B
7. Chris Snyder – C
8. Augie Ojeda/Chris Burke – 2B

The defense is going to suffer a bit with this shift but the lineup will become a strength.

Dunn does strikeout a ton and hits for a pretty low average but you have to look past that and see the OBP and SLUG. He will add a lot of patience in that lineup hitting next to Conor Jackson and help wear out opponents pitchers.

Dunn has hit at least 40 homers and walked at least 100 times in each of the last 4 seasons and projects to do it again this season.

The Diamondbacks are getting a great hitter for next to nothing and they become serious NL West favorites and potential National League favorites with their 1-2 combo of Webb/Haren in addition to their offense.

One thing I would like the D-Backs to explore is a trade for a 2B like Mark Ellis or let Chris Burke handle the duties and see what he brings to the table.

The trade was first reported by KTAR Radio in Phoenix.

In exchange for Dunn, Cincinnati will receive minor league pitcher Dallas Burk and two other players to be named later.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell
some info from espn.com

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  August 11, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    From MLBtr – Dunn’s remaining $4MM or so will be split between the two teams. He confirms the deal is for Buck plus two prospects to be named later. The price seems reasonable, and the D’Backs can snag a couple of draft picks when Dunn leaves.

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  • 2. Erik  |  August 11, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    Dunn will be the leftfielder when Upton comes back he will be the Rightfielder, Salazar stays in Right for now. To make room Hudson will go on the 60 day DL.

    What this means is Conor Jackson goes back to first. Makes Tracy the back up 3rd base/firstbase, Tony Clark is the pinch hitter and some time first base left Fielder.

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  • 3. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  August 11, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    That is the best lineup I would put out there with J-Up out. Once J-Up is back though I agree to move Co-Jack back to 1B and let Tracy backup. I wonder if the D-Backs would move Dunn back to 1B and let Co-Jack stay in left. He prefers LF and he has hit better as a LFer.

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  • 4. MikeMcGinnis  |  August 11, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    good article jonathan. dunn is a hitter that’s great for that lineup. you touched on it already he gives the d-backs the walks that their lineup depserately needed. and i think mark ellis would be a solid upgrade as well chris burke hasn’t hit since the 2005 NLCS.

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  • 5. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  August 12, 2008 at 8:00 am

    Keith Law over at the 4-letter said Dunn will play RF until Justin Upton is ready then they will decide on the defensive alignment.

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