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Dunn Dunn Dunn Dunn….Dunn!!!

Hey National fans, Christmas has come early this year because you just signed Adam Dunn!

Now A National

Now A National

Before being traded to Arizona last season, the 29-year-old left-handed free agent outfielder (1B?) had played every game of his career with Cincinnati, after having been drafted by Reds (led by then Cincy GM Jim Bowden) with the 50th overall pick in the 2nd Round on the 1998 MLB Amateur Draft. Dunn debuted with Cincy three years later on July 20, 2001, and over 8 seasons has averaged 29 doubles, 42 HR’s, 96 RBI’s, 114 walks and 118 K’s per 162 games played. Not shabby.  I’m not a huge fan of the whiffing statistic, but the rest I’ll take…. however, some feel differently about Dunn’s arrival. The Washington Times’ Thom Loverro referred to National’s GM Jim Bowden’s policy as “…running a welfare hotel for Cincinnati rejects and refugees.”

Due to a poor track record of signing players for too much/too long, Washington didn’t offer Dunn the BIG the big dollars he was seeking for in the open market. This is proven in the way that he “sat” on the Nationals’ offer for a longer than appropriate period. During this time the Natty’s front office held their ground and remained steadfast. Now Washington has found their seat-seller in Dunn, and you have to give it them for signing him for 2 years at $20 M. The Nationals got the offensive power they were looking for, without breaking the bank. Now they are in a position to deal for whatever else it is they think they need heading into the ’09 season, which many expect will be in the starting rotation or bullpen.

Here’s the kicker, the Nationals don’t lose a draft pick since Arizona traded for Dunn late last season and didn’t offer him arbitration. The signing doesn’t hinder the DC system’s development. The price tag of 2-years and $20 million dollars doesn’t seem outrageous. Even though he has been dubbed a “strikeout machine” you must acknowledge that he knocks himself in for 40 of every 100 RBI’s. He’s an offensive weapon that DC has been missing since Alfonso Soriano left the capital.

Does the recent news in Washington enable the Nationals to become a legit threat in the NL East, or potentially in the Wild Card race? What moves will have to be made with money left in the bank? Will Dunn play first or left? Well…seems we already have the answer to that. Undoubtedly answers will be revealed to us in the upcoming months.

February 11, 2009 - Posted by | Major League Baseball | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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