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August 3, 2010

Washington puts Adam Dunn on waivers

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ August 3, 2010 2:50 pm
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Olney @ ESPN:

The wide expectation among some executives is that a NL team like the Colorado Rockies or San Francisco Giants will be awarded a claim on Dunn, and that the AL teams that had serious interest in Dunn before the July 31 trade deadline — the Chicago White Sox, the Tampa Bay Rays, the Detroit Tigers and the New York Yankees — will never have an opportunity to acquire Dunn. …

BTW, here’s Crasnicks’s Waiver trade candidates article.

July 31, 2010

White Sox out of the Adam Dunn sweepstakes? – UPDATE #2

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 31, 2010 12:07 pm
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Rosenthal (12 minutes ago):

White Sox saying, again, that they are out on Dunn. If that’s true, Dunn could stay with Nationals. Rays only in at right price

UPDATE: Jim Bowden (MLB/FOX):

Confirmed….3 Teams are still “in” on Adam Dunn: Detroit, Chicago WS and Tampa Bay….50/50 he’s moved….Confirmed

UPDATE #2: Heyman (SI):

jackson for dunn is still a possibility. but nationals want chisox to add another player or 2

July 30, 2010

Was Kenny Williams duped by Washington GM Mike Rizzo? [UPDATE #2]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 30, 2010 8:45 pm
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Gregor @ DH:

But KW also sounded like he’s been duped _ likely by Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo _ in talks for Adam Dunn. While he didn’t mention any specific names, Kenny said it’s been “frustrating” dealing with newer GMs, of which Rizzo is one. He also mentioned “playing games” and “being above board,” so you pretty much get the picture. I’m hearing that Rizzo has taken Dunn off the market, but who really knows? These have been the most unusual days leading up to the trade deadline I ever can remember, by far. But I’m thinking the original plan was for the Sox to acquire Jackson and send him to the Nats for Dunn.

I don’t know if Kenny was duped, I know that Kenny made a crappy trade.

UPDATE: HardballTalk:

According to Olney, the Nationals had told teams interested in Adam Dunn that a “key piece” to get a deal done was Edwin Jackson. This forced teams to try to pry Jackson away from the Diamondbacks. Of course, just before 1pm EST today, the White Sox acquired Jackson from the D-Backs in exchange for right-hander Daniel Hudson and left-hander David Holmberg. Now, according to Olney, the Nationals are indicating that they don’t want Jackson.

If this what Kenny complained about, the fault is his. You don’t trust anyone, especially one you haven’t done business with before, Kenny.

UPDATE #2: From Peter Gammons’ WEEI appearance:

Q: Where does all this [trade rumors] come from?

A: A lot of times people like to guess. I think agents like to throw it out there. For instance, one of the things I found curious of this whole notion if the White Sox can get Edwin Jackson from Arizona, then they can get Adam Dunn from Washington. It never made any sense to me. I think that is very agent-driven, in that the same people I see writing about this get it from the same place. I know that I talked to [Nationals GM] Mike Rizzo, and he said, I don’t want Edwin Jackson, he makes $8 million next season and he has a 5.00 ERA. He said, “I have four pitchers I know are going to be in my rotation next year, why would I spend $8 million on a fifth starter and trade Adam Dunn, who I might be able to sign. It just doesn’t make sense, but it gets thrown out there a lot. Colorado has clearly made certain guys available: Aaron Cook, [Joe] Beimel, who’s been OK at times. Some of it makes a lot of sense, but the fact is we have so many media outlets. I find it a lot of fun, but it can also drive you crazy trying to chase them all down.

Adam Dunn denies he was told he won’t be traded to the White Sox

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 30, 2010 8:37 pm
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And he’s willing to play DH for the rest of the season.

Kilgore @ Washington Post:

Reports this afternoon said Dunn had been told he wouldn’t be sent to the White Sox for Edwin Jackson, and Dunn shot them down. “No,” Dunn said. “I haven’t heard anything.” (Dunn allowed, about the White Sox, “I like their uniforms.”)

Dunn clarified several meaningful details surrounding his situation Dunn has stated his opposition to serving as a full-time designated hitter, but he said he would not mind for the final portion of the season if he is sent to an American League team.

“That’s just Dhing for two months,” Dunn said. “It’s not like if I make this move, it’s career-ending.”

“if Adam Dunn’s going anywhere, it would probably be to the Yankees.”

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 30, 2010 3:24 pm
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Peter Gammons via WEEI:

As for the Yankees, Gammons said a fear existed in the AL East that New York could make the biggest splash on Saturday.

“The Tampa Bay people are absolutely convinced that one way or another there’s going to be a huge deal with the Yankees and they’re going to end up with Adam Dunn. I don’t know if it will or not, but I would say if Adam Dunn’s going anywhere, it would probably be to the Yankees.

Not good.

UPDATE: Jim Bowden (MLB/FOX):

Tim Kurkjian of ESPN reporting that the Nationals told him directly they are NOT trading Dunn to the White Sox for Edwin Jackson

Washington “not that hot” on Edwin Jackson [UPDATE #3]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 30, 2010 2:51 pm
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Gammons (MLB):

Nats not that hot for Edwin jackson

Please tell me the Sox weren’t fleeced again: Linebrink, Swisher II, Teahen…

UPDATE: Good News: Ballantini (CSN):

Jackson is merely the most crucial piece to securing Adam Dunn…The big fella is on his way to Chicago, friends. Waiting on Nats sign-off.

Bad News: Rosenthal (FS):

Rival exec still believes Yankees are in heavy on Dunn. Their “we’re out” message was directed at Nationals: Quit messing around!

UPDATE #2: WSCR AM670 says Washington isn’t trading Dunn.

UPDATE #3: Padilla @ ESPN:

reports indicate that last-place Washington doesn’t want anything to do with Jackson.

Edwin Jackson told he’s traded to the Sox?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 30, 2010 11:58 am
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Brown (Yahoo):

Edwin Jackson has been told he’s been traded to the White Sox. Flip to DC next?

This is so freakin dumb…

White Sox interested in Edwin Jackson?

Rosenthal (FS):

The White Sox, frustrated by their inability to acquire Nationals first baseman Adam Dunn, instead are on the verge of ending up with one of the Nationals’ leading targets: Diamondbacks right-hander Edwin Jackson.

The Sox are in serious discussions about a trade in which they would obtain Jackson for rookie right-hander Daniel Hudson and a prospect, according to major-league sources.

… While the White Sox coveted Dunn, they shifted their focus to a starting pitcher after growing discouraged about their chances of completing a trade with the Nationals, sources say.

Fangraphs on Edwin Jackson: 104 K / 60 BB, 5.16 ERA, 4.27 FIP, 4.28 xFIP, 1.9 WAR, 50.5% GB%, .318 BABIP, 6.97 K/9, 4.02 BB/9


  • 2 years/$13.35M (2010-11)
    • $0.8M signing bonus
    • 10:$4.2M, 11:$8.35M

The numbers and the money say to me he’s not worth Hudson alone.

UPDATE: Rosenthal says it’s up to the Nationals what do the Sox do with Jackson, ie. send him to the Nationals for Adam Dunn or keeping him (ugh).

July 29, 2010

Scouts from Washington and Arizona at today’s White Sox game


Scouts from Washington and Arizona are here for the fourth consecutive night amid reports that a three-way deal with the Sox involving Adam Dunn is percolating, although a major league source said talks have yet to advanced quickly yet.

White Sox out of the Adam Dunn sweepstakes?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 29, 2010 3:42 pm
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Buster Olney (ESPN):

Heard this: The White Sox are saying internally that they are currently out of the mix on Dunn.

UPDATE: Jon Heyman (SI) says the Sox are still interested:

dunn derby could be like a damon repeat: white sox vs. tigers. plenty of interest in slugger.

and that 3-way scenarios are alive:

chisox among teams trying for adam dunn. 3-way scenarios with edwin jackson going to nats are in play.

Scouts from 6 teams were at the White Sox game tonight


The Sox’s victory was witnessed in front of scouts from Washington, Arizona, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Cincinnati and San Diego.

The Diamondbacks had two scouts, but one major league source said that any talks of a possible three-way deal involving the Sox, Washington and Arizona had not accelerated. …

July 27, 2010

Washington has not offered Adam Dunn any contract extension

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 27, 2010 5:39 pm
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The Nats have not offered Dunn a contract extension in any form, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

“They’ve never made one proposal,” the source said.

Nationals officials repeatedly have stated that they want to re-sign Dunn, who is a free agent at the end of the season.

Some in the industry believe the team will make a last-minute offer to Dunn before the non-waiver trade deadline at 4 p.m. Saturday — and then trade Dunn if he does not accept.

Seems they aren’t very eager to keep him around. I guess that decreases their negotiation leverage?


With no indication of progress toward an agreement, the market for Dunn almost certainly will heat up in the coming days.

If the number of teams interested increases, the price will go up?

Washington wants Dan Hudson and a top prospect for Adam Dunn


Washington Nationals first baseman Adam Dunn could be dealt to the White Sox if Chicago is willing to sweeten the pot and add a second substantial minor league player in return.

Any deal for Dunn would have to include Daniel Hudson, the White Sox’s top pitching prospect. The Nationals also want one of three White Sox prospects: catcher Tyler Flowers, outfielder Jordan Danks or injured infielder Brent Morel, according to a major league source.

The White Sox turned down a Washington request for a Dunn-for-Gordon Beckham deal straight up, according to the source. …

White Sox remain focused at Adam Dunn but… [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 27, 2010 12:43 pm
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Ken Rosenthal:

White Sox remain focused on [Adam] Dunn, but laying groundwork for S[tarting]P[itcher]. [Dan] Hudson pitches Friday. If he flops again, team could shift course.

UPDATE: More Rosenthal:

The Nationals may trade first baseman Adam Dunn if they can’t sign him to an extension before Saturday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline. At this point, it doesn’t appear that the sides have made significant progress. So, we can expect the Dunn market to heat up in the coming days. The White Sox have been the most serious suitor, but sources say the Tigers, Rangers and Yankees maintain some level of interest, as well.


While there’s no way for them to know for sure, rival teams believe that Rizzo plans to move Dunn, who is in the last year of his contract. Because of that, they believe that Rizzo’s asking price will eventually drop, and that a deal will get done.

The Rays and White Sox have shown interest in Dunn, but a scout from another American League team said he thinks it would be a mistake for an AL team to trade for him. Dunn has said many times that he has no interest in being a designated hitter, and the scout believes that Dunn wouldn’t be happy with an AL team.

July 26, 2010

WhiteSox.com reminds us team doesn’t have any pitching prospects

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 26, 2010 9:57 pm
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Monday’s latest entry came from ESPN.com, with a brief mention of rumblings involving a three-way deal involving the Nationals, White Sox and D-backs, with Edwin Jackson going to the Nationals, pitching prospects going to the D-backs and the White Sox getting their coveted left-handed run producer in Adam Dunn.

One problem in this particular equation is that the White Sox don’t have any true pitching prospects to deal aside from Daniel Hudson. If the White Sox decide to trade Hudson, the move also leaves them thin in the starting rotation without a corresponding move.

And this team’s ultimate success is predicated on its front five and overall pitching depth. Williams seemed to indicate, without mentioning names specifically, how starting second baseman Gordon Beckham and/or starting right fielder Carlos Quentin won’t be going anywhere.

Of course, time exists for Williams to change his mind. …

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