Olney On Dunn, Blue Jays, Uggla, Hart, Cardinals

As the rumors keep swirling around Adam Dunn, ESPN.com's Buster Olney says he believes the Nationals should consider locking the slugger up if they can do so for $44-48MM. That seems like a lot, but Dunn, who hit three homers last night, is as consistent as it gets and home run hitters are harder to find these days. Here are the rest of Olney's rumors:

  • Rival teams wouldn’t be surprised to see the Blue Jays become one of the more aggressive sellers this summer. They could offer relievers, like Kevin Gregg, Jason Frasor and Scott Downs, plus All-Star catcher John Buck and MLB home run leader Jose Bautista.
  • Olney’s sources say the Marlins and Rockies would match up well for a Dan Uggla deal if the Marlins fall from contention.
  • The Brewers and Giants started talking about a Corey Hart trade last week. The Brewers will likely demand a lot for Hart, but it appears that talks have already begun. 
  • Cardinals GM John Mozeliak says the team will explore starting pitching options, but could add a bat. "I just don't know if I can do both," Mozeliak said.


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26 Comments on "Olney On Dunn, Blue Jays, Uggla, Hart, Cardinals"


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4 years 11 months ago

“home run hitters are harder to find these days”
welcome to pitching dominance in the post-steroid era

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Piccamo
4 years 11 months ago

Except that the NL has roughly the same numbers as last year, OPS down by .08, .05 of which is OBP, despite a .01 difference in batting average. That seems like less patience, rather than “pitching dominance”. I’d also suggest that it has to do with a new wave of youth, which historically has worse patience than veterans.

The AL can be attributed to teams shying away from traditional DH’s and going for players who can field to use the DH as a rotating day off. The AL still has a higher OPS than the NL for the first half, though not as good as last year. Why don’t we wait for a while before we decide that we have a new “era”?

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Guest
4 years 11 months ago

thanks for the insight digital, it’s not like Ben was scratching his head looking for reasons why

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AisoRed
4 years 11 months ago

Please, please, please get a Hart trade done!

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brewersnrays
4 years 11 months ago

As long as we get more than Sanchez… we have enough middle to bottom of the rotation left handers to supply the entire league already, we don’t need another. His ERA is much better than it should be this year based on his peripherals.

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NL_East_Rivalry
4 years 11 months ago

Braves could use a lefty, but they already have 6 righties and they either are too expensive to trade or to cheap to let go.

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bigbird24
4 years 11 months ago

I hope you’ve seen Sanchez pitch more than once, his stuff is better than any lefty on the Brewers’ staff. Anyone who can walk 6 guys and only give up one run on a bad stuff day is pretty decent.

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bigbird24
4 years 11 months ago

I hope you’ve seen Sanchez pitch more than once, his stuff is better than any lefty on the Brewers’ staff. Anyone who can walk 6 guys and only give up one run on a bad stuff day is pretty decent.

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gigantes2425
4 years 11 months ago

i think he might be leaving town with the giants. you know he will if he’s out of the lineup today.

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Andy Mc
4 years 11 months ago

Let’s not forget Alex Gonzalez. he makes only $2.75MM this season, and has a club option of only $2.5MM for 2011. He has 16 HR with 22 2B and 152 TB in 313 AB, and has played magnificent defense. Great production from a SS, who makes very little.

Jose Molina has also had a good year, to a lesser extent, obviously. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Jays make 3-4 trades. The good thing is, we have young pitchers and players who are ready to take over for any traded assets, and only ~$40MM committed to 2011 payroll. Look out.

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Sniderlover
4 years 11 months ago

I think Overbay can still have some value. He plays great defense and is hitting pretty good right now so if he can get his avg up to .270 and .360 OBP, then he should have some value. Probably a C level prospect at best but it’s worth it.