Category Archives: DUNN

Why Adam Dunn is No Longer a National

Adam Dunn tosses his helmet after another strikeout. (C.Nichols/Nats News Network)

Adam Dunn is no longer property of the Washington Nationals for two simple reasons:
1)  The organization decided the expense — in terms of amount of money and length of contract — was not worth the risk on a decidedly flawed player. 
2)  Dunn and his agent were convinced that on the open market he could sign Continue reading

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Dunn Deal: Where Do the Nats Go From Here?

So that’s it.
Adam Dunn is officially no longer property of the Washington Nationals, having signed a four year, $56 million dollar contract with the Chicago White Sox.
As I’ve written many times in the last several months, it was never about Dunn’s defense.  Kenny Williams, GM of the American League White Sox, gave Dunn his fourth year.  That’s all this was ever about.  To pretend like defense Continue reading

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Dunn Signs Four Year Deal with White Sox

According to multiple sources, free agent first baseman (designated hitter) Adam Dunn will sign a four-year, $56 million contract with the Chicago White Sox.
Much more on this story coming later today as details become official. Continue reading

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Random Thoughts: We’re Still Here! Edition

BULLET-POINT STYLE!
*  The Washington Nationals hired Bob Schaefer as Special Assistant to the GM today.  Schaefer, 66, is a 30-year MLB veteran.  He joins the Nationals after serving as Joe Torre’s bench coach with the Dodgers the last three seasons (2008-10).
Schaefer has spent much of the last twenty seasons in either a special assistant to the GM role (2006 Braves under John Schuerholz, 1999- Continue reading

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Darkest Before the Dawn?

Can the Washington Nationals take a step back record-wise in 2011 and still progress as a team?  It’s an interesting question to ponder.  Because as things stand right now, it looks more and more likely the team the Nats field next season will be filled with the same questions as last season.  Or worse.
It’s clear now that first baseman Adam Dunn won’t return to the Nationals.  This has been Continue reading

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Hot Stove Headache

I hate this time of year on the baseball calendar.
The General Manager’s meetings started in Orlando today, a precursor to baseball’s Winter Meetings the first week in December.  This week lays the groundwork for future deals — rarely is a big deal or signing completed during this introductory phase. 
I’m sure there are some GMs out there still just compiling their list of available free agents Continue reading

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Random Thoughts on Wednesday Afternoon

WHAT TO DO ABOUT DUNN?
I wrote yesterday about how the Nats are on the fence with free agent first baseman Adam Dunn and how he can start entertaining offers from any club after midnight Saturday night. 
Let me say this:  I think the Nats have no intention of signing Adam Dunn, unless he fails to garner a four-year offer elsewhere and he lands in their laps much as he did two years ago, hat in Continue reading

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Dunn Hits the Free Agent Market

Adam Dunn hitting his 300th career home run at Nats Park in 2009.
 (Cheryl Nichols/Nats News Network)
With the conclusion of the World Series, several Nationals filed for free agency late last night according to accounts.  They naturally include Adam Dunn, the powerful but defensively challenged first baseman, along with utilityman Willie Harris, outfielder Kevin Mench and relief pitcher Miguel Continue reading

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Random Thoughts on a Tuesday Morning

BULLET-POINT STYLE!
From www.Nationals360.com, OF Bryce Harper talked to Byron Kerr about his visions for the future of the Washington Nationals. 
"We’re going to be the Yankees of the NL East.  I’ve been telling everybody that.  I think we’re going to be the top program in the NL East, and we’re going to roll.  We’re going to win some World Series.  That’s everybody’s goal.  [Nationals minor Continue reading

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GAME 159 REVIEW: Home Schedule Ends with a Thud

THE RESULT:  The Philadelphia Phillies, having clinched the N.L. East title two days ago, started a lineup Wednesday night that was reminiscent of an away Spring Training game.  The only regular starters in the lineup were shortstop Jimmy Rollins and centerfielder Shane Victorino.
No Chase Utley.  No Ryan Howard.  No Jayson Werth.
No matter.
The Phillies backups hammered Washington Nationals Continue reading

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