I’LL TAKE ADAM DUNN FOR 5 MILLION
Over at WaPo I read a column entitled “The Market For Adam Dunn”. The author writes that “One agent I spoke with today said that “I think Dunn will get a max of $5 million per year. Anything more than that and I’d be surprised.” That agent, to put it kindly, is probably wrong. Consider:
Casey Blake is 35 years old and received 3 years, $17.5 million from the Dodgers.
Pat Burrell got 2 years and $16 million from Tampa. Dunn is 3 years younger, bats left-handed and has hit 40 or more HRs 5 times. Burrell has never hit 40 in a single season. Dunn’s career OPS is also higher than Burrell’s.
Raul Ibanez is 36 years old and received a 3 year, $31 million deal from Philly. Enjoy that deal when he is 40.
Juan Rivera (Juan Rivera?) got 3 years and almost $13 million to remain an Angel. He hasn’t even amassed 300 at-bats in the last 2 seasons combined.
So I think that the GM that gets Adam Dunn to sign on the line that is dotted for $5 million per is automatically the Executive of the Year. Dunn basically averages 40 homers, 100 RBI and over 100 walks per season. If I was Ken Williams, I’d be on the phone with Dunn’s agent post haste. You can make Paul Konerko the DH against lefties and spot starter at 1st for all I care. And if the Angels still want him, all the better. Konerko’s season high OBP is Adam Dunn’s career average. Dunn’s going to hit 40 homers somewhere next season. It might as well be Chicag0.
[tags]Adam Dunn, Chicago White Sox, Pat Burrell[/tags]