Dunn On The Block?
Dunn, a polarizing player who has drawn scant interest, is currently leading the majors with 32 home runs and has driven in 74 runs. While his low batting average and high strikeout totals cause many within the industry to undervalue the left-handed slugger, he truly has been among the most productive hitters in the game, posting a .952 OPS in 104 games. He is a Three True Outcome player who hits a homer, draws a walk, or strikes out in the majority of his plate appearances, but his on-base skills rival any hitter in the National League. He is making $13 million this year, and will become a free agent at the end of the season.
Tracy, who was included in the Diamondbacks' offer to the Atlanta Braves in the Mark Teixeira sweepstakes, is batting .300/.342/.480 with six home runs and 27 RBIs in 47 games. The Braves, according to sources, wanted a deal to include Conor Jackson, not Tracy, causing them to take the
Dunn would undoubtedly provide a major boost to the
Update: According to Jayson Stark, the Reds began talks with the Tampa Bay Rays about Dunn on Wednesday night. The two teams are only in the conversation stages right now, but they could pick up on Thursday, he says.
Fuentes Back On The Market?
Brian Fuentes is perhaps the best relief pitcher on the market, with George Sherrill no longer available (Baltimore wants to keep him) and Arthur Rhodes reportedly headed to the Florida Marlins. The Colorado Rockies, after losing a few games to start the week, are reportedly buyers again, though they were considering making a run in the wide-open National League West with their recent surge. GM Dan O'Dowd informed Fuentes this weekend that he was most likely not going to get traded. According to ESPN.com, though, O'Dowd has reconsidered his stance, now looking to shop the left-handed closer again. The Rays are no longer in the running, though, because the
Niemann was roughed up in his outing on Tuesday night, which certainly did not increase his chances of being included in any package. He is still among the most likely prospects to get moved if the Rays' Vice President of Baseball Operations, Andrew Friedman, pulls the trigger on any deal. Brignac, on the other hand, is less likely to go, as his defensive skills at shortstop are major league average already and he has tremendous power potential. While he needs to improve his on-base skills, it would take an excellent offer for
Also making matters complicated, the Boston Red Sox are reportedly close to sending disgruntled slugger Manny Ramirez to the Marlins in three-team deal involving
Bay, finally healthy, is batting .282/.375/.519 with 22 home runs and 64 RBIs.To reach Tyler Hissey, send an email to TylerHissey@gmail.com.