A lot of chatter about Adam Dunn today, as the D-Backs’ decision not to offer him arbitration has made him a more attractive target. Ken Rosenthal says that the market for Dunn is “shaping up” and includes the Braves, Mariners and Nationals. Over at ESPN Jerry Crasnick, in the course of his offseason breakdown of the Nationals, makes a longer-form case for Dunn in Washington:
In addition, Dunn’s price might be dropping in a down market. Two NL officials wondered whether Dunn would command even a Jose Guillen-caliber, three-year, $36 million deal from a team other than Washington.
“[The Nationals] might have to pay a bit of a premium for him to go to a team that has not won recently,” one of the executives said.
At the outset, I’ll note that if Dunn can’t get a Jose Guillen deal we’ve gone from a tough market to comically irrational pessimism. That said:
(1) Anyone who thinks that Dunn would have any trouble going to a losing team is forgetting that he signed an extension to stay in Cincinnati a couple of years ago; and
(2) We can’t underestimate the fact that, at least a couple of years ago, Dunn’s bestest buddy in the whole world was Austin Kearns, and AK-.217 still plays in Washington.
If you’re Jim Bowden and you haven’t called Dunn’s agent 15 times since midnight Monday, you’re doing it wrong. Hey, the added inspiration of the Dunner may even spur Kearns on to some productivity.