MLBTR goes over Ken Rosenthal’s latest video:
White Sox GM Ken Williams is said to be confident about landing either Prince Fielder or Adam Dunn. Williams continues to talk to the Brewers about Fielder but there doesn’t seem to be a match as they seek pitching in return. Meanwhile, the Nats have told everyone that they’ll need to be overwhelmed by an offer to move Dunn. If the White Sox strike out on the two big-time left-handed sluggers, they’re unlikely to reach for a player such as Russell Branyan or Brad Hawpe. Instead, they’ll look to go small and try to improve their bullpen and bench.
I don’t get Kenny’s confidence here. The price for Fielder and Dunn is high and the Sox can’t afford to weaken their starting rotation by trading players like Dan Hudson, John Danks, and Gavin Floyd. Today’s game is a good example why.
Did the price come down? Here’s Scot Gregor:
Adam Dunn for Carlos Quentin? Dunn for Gordon Beckham? No chance and never.
On Sunday, a source told me the Nationals might be willing to settle for rookie third baseman Dayan Viciedo and a couple of prospects for Dunn, the Washington Nationals’ power-hitting first baseman.
Adam Kilgore @ WP twitter:
For what it’s worth, the White Sox, a team linked to Adam Dunn trade rumors, have had a scout here in Florida all series watching the Nats.
Buster Olney (twitter):
one rival executive says the White Sox “are all over Adam Dunn” right now. He would be perfect for what the White Sox need.
Ken Rosenthal says Washington wanted Beckham or Quentin:
Rival club officials say the Nationals’ asking price for Dunn is exorbitant; one says the Nats wanted either second baseman Gordon Beckham or right fielder Carlos Quentin from the White Sox.
Beckham isn’t in the lineup today. UPDATE: He is now.
BTW, Adam Dunn is on track to be a Type-A free-agent.
Seems Rizzo wants too much for Kenny:
According to a source Monday, general manager Ken Williams has cooled on the pursuit of the Washington Nationals slugger for the time being, partially because of the initial asking price.
Williams seems willing to sit back and watch what the rest of the market does for Dunn, as well as explore other options.
The Sun-Times first reported of the Sox’ interest in the left-handed slugger last week, as multiple sources told the paper that if Williams was to act, he would have to act quickly. Obviously, he didn’t act quick enough. The interest in Dunn went from two teams to ”a handful” almost overnight, and the Nationals are ”asking for the moon” from each team. …
“Well, if there’s an opportunity to win a World Series, you got to do what you got to do sometimes — within reason,” Williams said. “But it’s got to be, you have to have a real opportunity. I think we have an opportunity. So, if there’s something out there that fits …
“Not all the names out there that supposedly are coming to Chicago are true fits because if [White Sox manager] Ozzie [Guillen] and the coaching staff don’t believe they are going to play Player X on a regular basis and Player X needs to play regularly to be effective, then that’s not a good fit. It can jeopardize your chemistry and it can jeopardize how your staff wants to go about winning games.”
Washington’s GM would says getting Adam Dunn would be:
a”For us to move him will be very painful, and it will probably be very, very painful for the team that wants to acquire him,” Rizzo said. “I mean, we are always listening; we are certainly not in a position with our history and our record this year and our record in the past that we have to turn a blind eye to any type of constructive idea or offer.
You had a chance in the off-season and you listened to Ozzie, Kenny.