Discussion: Adam Dunn

The free agent market is no longer kind to lumbering, defensively challenged players, as guys like Jermaine Dye and Hank Blalock sit here unemployed during the last week of February. Next year's free agent class naturally features a few players like that, one of whom is Adam Dunn.

The king of the three true outcomes, the 30-year-old Dunn leads all of baseball in walks (673) and strikeouts (1,063) while hitting the second most homers (244) over the last six years. As productive as he was offensively, Dunn gave a lot of it back with his outfield defense (-66.9 UZR since 2007). That's not much of a problem anymore, because he moved to first base full-time following Washington's trade of Nick Johnson.

Dunn is in the second year of the two-year, $20MM deal he signed last February, however GM Mike Rizzo has already made it known that he'd like to lock him up with a contract extension. What kind of extension do you think is fair for Dunn and the team? Perhaps something in the neighborhood of three-years, $39MM?


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58 Comments on "Discussion: Adam Dunn"


riverahammerofgod
5 years 6 months ago

bos or sea should sign him to dh or chi white sox.

Ferrariman
5 years 6 months ago

This guy needs to throw in the towel and be a DH.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Okay, but he if had to play 1B, I’d give him 3/42. Especially if he continues his 2009 form. He’s really done a great job trying to cut down on the K’s and his OPS+ is getting higher and higher.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

cutting down on the K’s….?

EarlyMorningBoxscore
5 years 6 months ago

I really wish boston would trade for him and use him over ortiz. or atleast sign him at the end of the year.

csg
5 years 6 months ago

if I was an AL GM, Id make it a priority for him to be my DH

bjsguess
5 years 6 months ago

It’s hard for me to imagine any DH getting more than $10m/year in this market. I love Dunn but that’s an awful lot of money.

MrMurphyRoops
5 years 6 months ago

Wow, part of that knockout line-up and defense that they say will put Washington over the Mets.

All Day Réy
5 years 6 months ago

who did they add that is so good that puts them over the mets, just getting reyes,bay,wright, and beltran(after a month or two) back in the same lineup is a bigger boost than say wang,marquis,capps, and pudge. Even with all the injuries the mets still finished 11 games above the nats in the standings. I know your being sarcastic here too so this isn’t really directed towards you, but i have been hearing a lot of this also and this its stupid!

NL_East_Rivalry
5 years 6 months ago

Well, I’ve seen a lot of projections put the Mets in the WC and behind the Phils in the East. I think that is the NY bias, but the Mets are probably the team that has changed the most from 1 year, due to injuries. Still, there are a lot of questions. Rotation, BP, heath. Beltran played for half a season last year and now he may miss the first 2 months? It may not effect this year but Bay’s legs and the Mets doctors wont mix well.

Ricky Bones
5 years 6 months ago

Nothing about the Mets says playoff contender.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Seattle would be a ideal fit.

monroe_says
monroe_says
5 years 6 months ago

3 yrs/39 million sure seems mighty generous for a guy averaging 1.8 WAR over the last three years and -17.9 UZR/150 at first (through 194 games). Dunn simply has no business being anything but a DH. 3 yrs/27 seems about right for such a one-dimensional, albeit valuable, player. He’d be a fine slab of meat for the Fenway faithful.

Ricky Bones
5 years 6 months ago

If moved to DH, that WAR becomes completely irrelevant.

5 years 6 months ago

You’re kidding right? 3/39 for Dunn? That suggestion is absolutely ridiculous, no way he comes anywhere close to that

losingfaithinmightymelvin
5 years 6 months ago

I came on this board to specifically say that. Well said!

jphenix2002
5 years 6 months ago

I would like to see detroit go after him if/when he becomes a free agent.

philpbarnes
5 years 6 months ago

Would be an excellent replacement for Papi after this year. Hopefully that’ll be the case.

DarthVader87
5 years 6 months ago

I think that will depend on what happens with possible trades before the trade deadline.

secretagentbojangles
5 years 6 months ago

i dont see why people are trashing the 3 year 39 mm. the guys been consisten of his whole career. 38 homeruns was a down year for and he improved his average. i think a lot of teams will be looking at him and if there is a bidding war (most likely) he could get around the 39 million.

5 years 6 months ago

Last year’s .269 BA was a career high. Let that sink in a little.

I can’t imagine anybody giving him more than the 2 year/$20 mil deal he had to wait for from Washington last time he was a free agent.

The market has changed dramatically. If there was 3yr/$39M desire for him out there he would have been traded for last deadline. Problem was nobody wanted him for the next season and a half at the $10M per season rate.

I see him signing 1-2 years, $10M per if he’s lucky. Expect it to come after New Years.

meddler
5 years 6 months ago

Ahem, his defense even more of a problem now that he’s a first baseman, not less. He’s been a worse first baseman than outfielder in his career. And even though he was a slightly better first baseman in 2009, the negative positional adjustment to first base is larger than LF. A 0 UZR LF has the same value as a +5 UZR 1B assuming their offensive production is identical. He’s much more useful in LF than 1B, but he’s one of the few players who actually would be more valuable at DH than in the field. In 2009, he cost his team 36.3 defensive runs. That’s a much greater loss than if he were a DH, when he would have cost his team a bit more than -17.5 runs (it would have been -17.5 per 600 PAs). He’d have been nearly two wins better as a DH.

Ricky Bones
5 years 6 months ago

How would he have still cost them 17.5 as a DH?

meddler
5 years 6 months ago

I just meant the positional adjustment for DH is -17.5. The value for defense is obviously 0 for a DH, but its the largest negative positional adjustment you’ll find. Its -12.5 for 1B and -7.5 for LF/RF. So a -5 UZR first baseman with an identical offensive line to a DH in the same number of PAs will have the same total value as that DH. Same for a -10 UZR corner OFer.

Suzysman
5 years 6 months ago

I did it in the other thread so I’ll do it here too; This is the 2011 Free Agent market for 1B/DH

Derrek Lee, Lance Berkman, Adam Dunn, Paul Konerko, Adam LaRoche, Carlos Pena, Garrett Atkins, Russell Branyan, Troy Glaus, Aubrey Huff, Nick Johnson, Mike Lowell, Victor Martinez, Lyle Overbay, Johnny Damon, Manny Ramirez, Andrew Jones, Jose Guillen, Magglio Ordonez, Pat Burrell, Jason Giambi, Vladimir Guerrero, Hideki Matsui, David Ortiz, Jim Thome, Jorge Cantu, Frank Catalantotto, Carlos Delgado, Jermaine Dye, Mike Jacobs, Doug Mientkiewicz, Fernando Tatis, Chad Tracy, Ty Wiggington, David DeJesus, Brian Giles, Ken Griffey Jr, Brad Hawpe, Austin Kearns, Mark Kotsay, Jason Kubel, Xavier Nady, Matt Stairs, Mike Sweeney and Marcus Thames. Then you have the non-tender candidates like Jack Cust, Josh Fields, Ryan Garko, Jonny Gomes, Casey Kotchman, James Loney and probably a couple more. Plus you have the trade market that will at least be sporting Adrian Gonzalez

Massive amount of talent on the free-agent market for 1B/DH is an understatement. It will likely be hard for any of them to get 10 a year over multiple seasons with so many options out there. They better be taking the first offer they get as holding out will just lead to teams moving onto the next option and eventually their having to settle for whatever they can find. I might expect the top producers of the bunch (which includes Dunn) to get around 2-3 at about 7-8 a year. I dont expect anyone will really get more then that though, so many options means no bidding wars means zero reason to put your bid much higher then that.

alxn
5 years 6 months ago

All that means is that there are a bunch of openings on teams to fill as well. Players in the top tier are going to get payed regardless. There is no way that a player like Berkman is going to get $7M.

Suzysman
5 years 6 months ago

“All that means is that there are a bunch of openings on teams to fill as well.”

Yeah, on a bunch of teams with next to no money to spend who, for the most-part, have internal options waiting for the chance to play.

“There is no way that a player like Berkman is going to get $7M.”

Because 35 year olds have been doing fantastic on the FA market when up against some 3-4 options instead of the expected 50 or so alternatives, right?

With so many alternatives and so many clubs with their back against the salary walls it would be overly optimistic to expect a couple 35 year olds to get enough leverage to request 10+ million over multiple years.

alxn
5 years 6 months ago

I don’t know, maybe you should ask Bobby Abreu.

I don’t think you realize how good Lance Berkman is. Check the numbers and get back to me. I’d be shocked if he got under $10M.

Suzysman
5 years 6 months ago

Abreu? You mean the guy who nearly had to buy a job off the FA after posting a .296/.371/.471 line for the Yanks in 2008? Yeah, good call there…

Anyway, people seem to have the biggest problem grasping the concept of supply and demand. A while back I had everyone telling me how the Braves were so stupid to release Kelly Johnson, how there was no way he wasnt worth the 4 MM he would make in arbitration and how he would definitely sign a deal worth that or more because he was that good and it didnt matter if there were 20 or so middle infielders on the market. What did he end up getting, about half that? Does that help you understand supply and demand a bit better? When the market outweighs the demand there is no need for teams to bid against eachother – there is more then enough to go around. So instead of players getting exactly what they want they will instead be forced to take what teams can afford and are willing to allot to (in this case) a 35+ year old First Baseman (again, not exactly the hottest commodity going, ya know)

alxn
5 years 6 months ago

I know plenty about supply and demand, you don’t need to patronize me like a tool.

You make the huge mistake of grouping all the 1st basemen/DH together. In reality there are only a handful of starters in there, and Berkman is definitely the cream of the crop. No team is going to weigh signing Berkman in comparison to signing someone like Lyle Overbay.

The best players always get payed, period. There will always be demand for a perennial all-star like Berkman.

mattinglyfan
5 years 6 months ago

Adam Dunn is one of the few guys where he would be better off serving as a DH and abandoning any and all Rawlings products, his bat is that good.

Jay Johnson
5 years 6 months ago

I’m fairly confident that the Nats are going to sign Dunn for something around 3/$39, maybe a little bit more, just before the season starts. Rizzo has praised him effusively in recent days, and I doubt he’d be doing that if he wasn’t relatively sure they would reach an agreement. The only thing that needs to be proved is that Dunn is something better than a -17 UZR at first, which I think he will show during spring training.

This is the first year that Dunn has been at first full time, and he recognizes how much money it will cost if he can’t play the field. So his motivation is there. And having watched him play for a full year, I see no reason why he can’t succeed at first. If Ryan Howard can become adequate there, so can Dunn.

dire straits
5 years 6 months ago

No idea why he would want to stay with a perennial last place club, much less why the Nationals would want to hang onto a prototypical DH.

wayne_gomes
5 years 6 months ago

Yeah he’s just as much of an adventure, if not more at 1B than he is in LF. I’d be worried about the prospect of him being involved in so many more plays there

crazynatsfan
5 years 6 months ago

i hope rizzo sign him for 3/36 mill i think its a fair amount for a guy that can only produce points but cant play defense to save his life even when he is playing at first and 12 mill a year is a good amount so take it or get the f••k in the AL and be a DH

the_show
5 years 6 months ago

Kenny Williams should trade for him

chetkincaid
5 years 6 months ago

Trade who? He’s expensive and strikes out an awful lot…

Ferrariman
5 years 6 months ago

But just think of Adam dunn in US cellular park..50+ HR is definitly a posibility

Ricky Bones
5 years 6 months ago

Ferrariman = Tony Tag

atg26
5 years 6 months ago

sox should defiently get him. hes a free agent after this year so you wouldnt have to give up flowers, mitchell, or hudson. Maybe viciedo or morel, than torres and someone else maybe jordan danks. three of those guys would probably do it but we should defiently sign dunn to an extension after we make the trade.

5 years 6 months ago

Too much.