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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Monday, August 11, 2008
Diamondbacks - Acquired Dunn
Arizona Diamondbacks - Acquired OF Adam Dunn from the Cincinnati Reds for P Dallas Buck and two players to be named.
It’s hard to give a final grade to this trade until we know who the players named after the season will be.
However, I’ll give this trade a thumbs-up for Arizona for the time being in the expectation that the players to be named don’t include names like Jarrod Parker and someone like Brooks Brown would be about as high quality as they would go here.
Dunn isn’t quite the hitter Manny Ramirez is, but the Diamondbacks are apparently giving up a good deal less (so little, in fact, you have to wonder about the PTBNL or Walt Jocketty would just take the draft picks) and aren’t shackled with big-ticket failures like Juan Pierre and Andruw Jones that they would feel obligated to play in order not to make them cry. Well, there’s Eric Byrnes, but he’s happily unavailable. We might see Mark Reynolds at 2nd now, which won’t improve the defense, but there aren’t a lot of other options - no way to get Brian Roberts at this point.
While at first glance I think this is a wretched trade for the Reds, I’m weaseling my way more than usual about the PTBNL because, even though I’m not a fan of Walt Jocketty in general, I can’t imagine that he would take a package in which the best player is Dallas Buck over high draft picks. So I have to play nice and not insult anyone. Yet.
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