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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Athletics Acquire Adam Dunn

Woulda fit in better with the John Jaha/Matt Stairs crew, but oh well. Cue various “never been to the postseason” lists.

The A’s have acquired Adam Dunn from the White Sox in exchange for minor league pitcher Nolan Sanburn, the team announced. Though the A’s were on his limited no-trade clause, word broke this morning that Dunn, who has never played in the postseason, was willing to waive that clause in order for a chance to win.

Dunn, 34, is hitting .220/.340/.433 with 20 homers on the season… The hope for the A’s is that adding some left-handed pop can help to spark an offense that has gone dormant in the month of August… John Jaso has served as Oakland’s left-handed DH quite a bit this season, but the A’s recently placed Jaso on the seven-day disabled list due to concussion-like symptoms, and they’ve been mixing and matching with Brandon Moss, Coco Crisp, Derek Norris and Gomes of late. Crisp, however, has recently re-strained his neck, which could lead to more outfield time for Moss, especially if Crisp is out for a significant amount of time.

Dunn is in the final season of a four-year, $56MM pact with the White Sox, meaning he is owed about $2.54MM for the month of September.

The District Attorney Posted: August 31, 2014 at 11:42 AM | 44 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. PreservedFish Posted: August 31, 2014 at 11:55 AM (#4782757)
I love baseball!
   2. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: August 31, 2014 at 12:04 PM (#4782759)
Sure, why not?

To me the most surprising thing about the Dunn rumors was that the Giants were also seriously interesting in acquiring him. Over the past month, Ishikawa has been solid as a left-handed pinch hitter and, unlike Dunn, plays a solid 1B and even a passable LF. I'd hate to see Dunn and Morse on the field at the same time--even at the two least important defensive positions, that tandem would be historically bad.
   3. jobu Posted: August 31, 2014 at 12:11 PM (#4782763)
Welcome home, Adam Dunn. You can continue the Three True Outcomes legacy of Reggie, Big Mac, Jose, Mickey Tettleton, Jack Cust, and many other Oakland A's players.
   4. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: August 31, 2014 at 12:17 PM (#4782765)
Welcome home, Adam Dunn. You can continue the Three True Outcomes legacy of Reggie, Big Mac, Jose, Mickey Tettleton, Jack Cust, and many other Oakland A's players.

lifetime TTO&age; of .4996-- I want him to finish over .500 legitimately. (None of this rounding chit)
   5. Dag Nabbit is a cornucopia of errors Posted: August 31, 2014 at 12:27 PM (#4782768)
He'll finally appear on a postseason roster.
   6. Gamingboy Posted: August 31, 2014 at 01:18 PM (#4782777)
So, with him finally on a postseason roster, now who has the most games without an appearance?
   7. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: August 31, 2014 at 01:21 PM (#4782779)
Alex Rios, 1581 games (per MLB.com article).
   8. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: August 31, 2014 at 01:25 PM (#4782780)
So, with him finally on a postseason roster, now who has the most games without an appearance?

complete list
some pretty big-time names on that list besides #1
   9. JJ1986 Posted: August 31, 2014 at 01:35 PM (#4782782)
complete list
some pretty big-time names on that list besides #1


More than half of the active guys could make the postseason this year. Nick Markakis is on there and 3 current Royals.
   10. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 31, 2014 at 01:48 PM (#4782790)
Don't really get why they're adding all these pitchers.
   11. bookbook Posted: August 31, 2014 at 01:51 PM (#4782793)
This list shortchanges the plight of pitchers a bit. Felix Hernandez has gone more seasons than Markakis without a playoff appearance, for instance, even if it is only 1/5th as many games.
   12. The District Attorney Posted: August 31, 2014 at 03:42 PM (#4782833)
Bruce Levine
@MLBBruceLevine

Adam Dunn says he will retire after this season !
   13. Yoenis Cespedes, Baseball Savant Posted: August 31, 2014 at 08:40 PM (#4782956)
So, with him finally on a postseason roster, now who has the most games without an appearance?

I wouldn't say he's made a postseason roster just yet.
   14. andrewberg Posted: August 31, 2014 at 09:29 PM (#4782968)
The A's seem completely unencumbered by the limits of a 40 man roster.
   15. BDC Posted: August 31, 2014 at 09:43 PM (#4782971)
I guess Rios is safe unless something odd happens in the next three hours.
   16. Select Storage Device Posted: August 31, 2014 at 09:55 PM (#4782978)
The baseball narrative is not as fun without Adam Dunn occupying some small portion of it. I hope he gives it a few more years for ish and giggles.
   17. Select Storage Device Posted: August 31, 2014 at 09:56 PM (#4782979)
Not on my team though.
   18. homerwannabee Posted: August 31, 2014 at 10:27 PM (#4782990)
It's only fitting he retires. Dunn being compared with Ichiro Suzuki seemed to go together like bacon, and eggs, and since this maybe Ichiro's final year as well it's nice they go off in the sunset together.

2020 Hall of Fame

Ichiro Suzuki, and Adam Dunn!
   19. Cargo Cultist Posted: August 31, 2014 at 10:37 PM (#4782992)
Uh, no.
   20. madvillain Posted: September 01, 2014 at 12:06 AM (#4783019)
Adam Dunn was paid 60+ million dollars to produce like below replacement in his time in Chicago. I don't care how nice of a guy he is -- as a fan, I can't stand the bum. Good riddance. I hope he hits 10 HR in Sep for the Athletics and that convinces him to come back next year for a shot at 500.

But as for him as a White Sox? #### off.
   21. Chicken Stanley Has Smallpox Posted: September 01, 2014 at 01:17 AM (#4783027)
At first, I thought, no, madvillain must be wrong. But how can the collective talents of Madlib and MF Doom be wrong? They aren't. He's at -1.6 WAR for his Chisox tenure. And, at only 16.6 WAR for his career, has anyone ever had such a low WAR total who has hit 460 home runs?
   22. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: September 01, 2014 at 01:37 AM (#4783028)
And, at only 16.6 WAR for his career, has anyone ever had such a low WAR total who has hit 460 home runs?


Dave Kingman hit 442 homers (albeit 1971-86) and accumulated only 20.4 fWAR. Same ballpark.
   23. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: September 01, 2014 at 08:22 AM (#4783046)
I have started telling my young daughters that there are only three true outcomes in life: hitting home runs (going big, and hitting on it); striking out (which comes from either going big, and missing it, or from not being ready to go for it when your shot did come); and walking (waiting for your shot, but it never was quite right)...or whatever the nine-year-old version of that would be. Basically: "It is generally very good to be patient in life, but when an opportunity comes that you can wallop, you better be ready."

It is called The 2001-2010 Version of Adam Dunn Rule of Life.

I need to come up with a better name...
   24. BDC Posted: September 01, 2014 at 08:31 AM (#4783049)
there are only three true outcomes in life

I think my life so far has been a mix of sacrifice hits and getting thrown out at third trying to stretch a double.
   25. bobm Posted: September 01, 2014 at 09:38 AM (#4783055)
Spanning Multiple Seasons or entire Careers, From 1901 to 2014, (requiring WAR_bat<=20), sorted by greatest Home Runs (top 10)

                                                                                  
Rk           Player  HR WAR/pos From   To   Age   PA   BA  OBP  SLG  OPS       Pos
1         Adam Dunn 460    16.6 2001 2014 21-34 8252 .237 .365 .491 .856  *73D9/H1
2      Dave Kingman 442    17.3 1971 1986 22-37 7429 .236 .302 .478 .780  37DH59/1
3        Joe Carter 396    19.3 1983 1998 23-38 9154 .259 .306 .464 .771 7983D/H45
4       Ryan Howard 331    18.1 2004 2014 24-34 5574 .266 .356 .529 .885     *3/HD
5    Vinny Castilla 320    19.3 1991 2006 23-38 7384 .276 .321 .476 .797   *56/H43
6     Cecil Fielder 319    17.1 1985 1998 21-34 5939 .255 .345 .482 .827  *3D/H547
7    Jeromy Burnitz 315    19.7 1993 2006 24-37 6580 .253 .345 .481 .826   *98H7/D
8     Richie Sexson 306    17.9 1997 2008 22-33 5604 .261 .344 .507 .851   *37/DH9
9      Ruben Sierra 306    16.6 1986 2006 20-40 8782 .268 .315 .450 .765   *9D7H/8
10      Pat Burrell 292    18.8 2000 2011 23-34 6520 .253 .361 .472 .834   *7DH/39


Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 9/1/2014.
   26. bunyon Posted: September 01, 2014 at 10:05 AM (#4783060)
getting thrown out at third trying to stretch a double.

Not sure about life, but it sure does sound like high school.
   27. Weratych Posted: September 01, 2014 at 10:06 AM (#4783061)
Billy got himself an uphill hacker to beat the low ball, genius. Really Oakland will use Dunn as as late inning defensive replacement for Vogt at 1B.
   28. DKDC Posted: September 01, 2014 at 10:10 AM (#4783063)
Not sure about life, but it sure does sound like high school.


I dropped a perfect bunt to break up a no hitter in the 9th inning, but I blew out a hammy half way to first base and collapsed.
   29. Poulanc Posted: September 01, 2014 at 10:21 AM (#4783067)
Adam Dunn is, and forever will be, my second favorite ball player of all time. I'm gonna be crushed if he actually does retire at the end of this year.

I will never tire of watching shots like this or this.
   30. PreservedFish Posted: September 01, 2014 at 10:51 AM (#4783076)
I dropped a perfect bunt to break up a no hitter in the 9th inning, but I blew out a hammy half way to first base and collapsed.

So ... you were trying to kiss a girl that was distracted, but before you even made lip contact you stumbled and fell on your face?
   31. Jay Seaver Posted: September 01, 2014 at 11:27 AM (#4783086)
I have to admit, I hope Dunn has a good enough time with the A's that he re-signs with them rather than retiring, just because I'm curious to see what happens when an organization is cool with his "wait for your pitch and destroy it" approach and lets him run with it. Weren't the White Sox constantly trying to get him to cut down his strikeouts, shorten his swing, move the runner along, etc.? I seem to remember that being a recurring thing there.

(And, no, I don't know why you sign Adam Dunn if that's what you're going to do with him.)
   32. Tom Nawrocki Posted: September 01, 2014 at 11:34 AM (#4783091)
Among his other distinctions, when he's on deck, Adam Dunn stands closer to the batter's box than any other player I have ever seen. He could practically reach out with his bat and touch the hitter.
   33. Ziggy Posted: September 01, 2014 at 11:37 AM (#4783093)
If Joey Gallo stops striking out so dmn much we'll get to see more shots like those. Maybe Dunner is just passing the torch along.
   34. Bourbon Samurai Posted: September 01, 2014 at 12:38 PM (#4783117)
Awesome. Had to happen at some point.
   35. Batman Posted: September 01, 2014 at 04:42 PM (#4783230)
My life has been Juan Pierre getting thrown out trying to bunt his way on, followed by 39 years of a rain delay filled by Tom Bergeron-era America's Funniest Home Videos and a Murphy Brown.

############# Murphy Brown.
   36. Srul Itza Posted: September 01, 2014 at 05:25 PM (#4783264)
And Dunn homers in his first at bat as an A.

Outstanding
   37. madvillain Posted: September 01, 2014 at 05:39 PM (#4783273)
Weren't the White Sox constantly trying to get him to cut down his strikeouts, shorten his swing, move the runner along, etc.? I seem to remember that being a recurring thing there.


Uh no. Literally the only thing to come out from his time in Chicago about his swing is that Dunn himself tried to get more aggressive in 2012 after posting that train wreck of a 2011. He quickly went back to his own ways.

Chicago didn't pressure him to do anything they even gave him more 1B and LF appearances than he probably deserved.

It's really puzzling what happened to Dunn. I think he had a confluence of bad things including more defensive shifts, more LOOGYs, the appendix, the league switch and getting old -- happen all around the same time and he cratered. He never really recovered and he's also a guy that adds nothing on the bases and defensively so if he's not hitting he's easily below replacement. That was the case in Chicago overall.
   38. Walt Davis Posted: September 01, 2014 at 06:47 PM (#4783316)
Dunn has passed Gary Sheffield for worst dWAR of all time -- 29.4 to 28.6.

Gotta be the roids!
   39. McCoy Posted: September 01, 2014 at 06:57 PM (#4783319)
According to WAR nobody in the history of the game had a worse defensive season than Dunn did in 2009 and it isn't even close. Supposedly he cost his team 43 runs with his glove.
   40. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: September 01, 2014 at 07:13 PM (#4783332)
Dunn's A's debut:
dinger
1B
K
HBP

what say you judges? Does an HBP count as a TTO?
   41. smileyy Posted: September 01, 2014 at 09:39 PM (#4783391)
Yes.
   42. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: September 01, 2014 at 10:49 PM (#4783422)
I think it's obvious now that this September, all the pressure will be on the Angels.
   43. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: September 01, 2014 at 11:46 PM (#4783444)
what say you judges? Does an HBP count as a TTO?

Edit
41. smileyy Posted: September 01, 2014 at 09:39 PM (#4783391)
Yes.

then his lifetime TTO%age is >.500
   44. Ron J2 Posted: September 02, 2014 at 02:55 PM (#4783869)
#27 Nah, it's a clever plan to get an extra relief pitcher on the roster.

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