One of the biggest bats on the market this offseason is everyone’s favorite designated hitter in first baseman’s clothing, Adam Dunn. Dunn had made it known he wanted to return to the Washington Nationals, but the feelings weren’t mutual despite his 38 home run, 103 RBI season in 2010.
So Dunn is on the market, and due to his um…”shortcomings” on defense, the teams most interested in his services reside in the American League. Well, according to Joel Sherman, Dunn looks like he’s nearing an agreement. With who? Your guess is apparently as good as Sherman’s, though he speculates that it is with the Detroit Tigers.
The Chicago White Sox were very interested in picking up Dunn close to the trade deadline, but that obviously didn’t happen. With Paul Konerko as a free agent, the Sox may just re-up their current first baseman for a cheaper deal than Dunn will get.
A major league general manger speculated earlier this offseason that Dunn’s starting price would be three years and $40 million.
Dunn has made it known that he doesn’t want to be strictly a DH, but at some point, someone is going to throw a ton of money at him to just take that role. At some point “The Big Donkey” needs to come to terms with the fact that he would be best suited in an offense-only role.
Whoever gets Dunn will be getting a guy who in nine years has hit 354 home runs, driven in 880 RBI, and is a career .250 hitter, with a .381 on-base percentage and a .902 OPS.
Our money is on Detroit as well, But signing Dunn will hinder the Tigers’ chances at getting Carl Crawford and Victor Martinez, who they are clearly interested in.
So it looks like Dunn will be the first domino to fall on baseball’s free agent market, but obviously nothing is set in stone.
We’ll keep you updated.