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"


5 years 27 days ago

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

Piccamo
5 years 27 days 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”?

Guest
5 years 27 days ago

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

AisoRed
5 years 27 days ago

Please, please, please get a Hart trade done!

brewersnrays
5 years 27 days 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.

NL_East_Rivalry
5 years 27 days 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.

bigbird24
5 years 26 days 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.

bigbird24
5 years 26 days 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.

gigantes2425
5 years 27 days ago

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

Andy Mc
5 years 27 days 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.

Sniderlover
5 years 27 days 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.

aap212
5 years 27 days ago

The Blue Jays should trade Jose Bautista before he regresses to being Jose Bautista.

Guest
5 years 27 days ago

Cards might add a bat?? Seriously? What is Mo thinking.. they still have Freese and Ludwick coming back, Pujols needs to heat up too.. I dont know if Mo knows this but the bullpin isnt the best and Im pretty sure McDoooogal isnt the answer.. Make a trade for a real pitcher or reliever!!! Come on! Dave Duncan is a great pitching coach but hes not God! He cant turn water into wine here. He already has enough going on with the pin help the guy out…

cards612
5 years 26 days ago

i agree! Mo could start by adding a REAL closer because we all know Franklin was just getting lucky & his luck is clearly starting to run out!

cards612
5 years 26 days ago

i agree! Mo could start by adding a REAL closer because we all know Franklin was just getting lucky & his luck is clearly starting to run out!

urok89
5 years 27 days ago

Jonathan Sanchez & Roger Kieschnick for Corey Hart. Done deal.

Wellemeyer gets activated and your rotation is:

Lincecum
Zito
Cain
Wellermeyer
Bumgarner

urok89
5 years 27 days ago

It doesn’t have to be Kieschnick but the deal should look similar to that. I don’t think there needs to be 3 or more people dealt from the Giants side for Hart.

urok89
5 years 27 days ago

It doesn’t have to be Kieschnick but the deal should look similar to that. I don’t think there needs to be 3 or more people dealt from the Giants side for Hart.

urok89
5 years 27 days ago

Jonathan Sanchez & Roger Kieschnick for Corey Hart. Done deal.

Wellemeyer gets activated and your rotation is:

Lincecum
Zito
Cain
Wellermeyer
Bumgarner

Cyyoung
5 years 26 days ago

If I were the Rays I would move on Dunn.

Cyyoung
5 years 26 days ago

If I were the Rays I would move on Dunn.

5 years 26 days ago

If you trade Hart you now want Baumgarner and another pitcher you can control for a few years.

5 years 26 days ago

If you trade Hart you now want Baumgarner and another pitcher you can control for a few years.

brewcrew6
5 years 26 days ago

cvc

HerbertAnchovy
5 years 26 days ago

They should trade Buck. He frames pitches horrendously. I’d rather see a tandem of Arencibia and Molina.

dakota54
5 years 26 days ago

how bout marcum and wallace for joey votto or gonzalez,overbay,marcum,buck for andrus,smoak,neftali feliz,or holland and borbon