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The Washington Nationals, who finished last season at 59-102, their worst season since 1976, have signed home-run machine Adam Dunn to a two-year contract worth $20 million. The 29-year-old has a .247 career batting average in his eight seasons (his first 7 2/3 with the Cincinnati Reds, before spending time with the Arizona Diamondbacks last season), and, strangely, has hit exactly 40 home runs each of the last four seasons (the year prior to that, he hit 46).

Well, we can certainly use someone who can score runs, but I recall hearing some disparaging comments about Dunn when he was traded last year. Comments?



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What a shocking turn of events for Jim Bowden to sign an ex-Red.

With Abreu going to the Angels and Dunn here, there's no choice for both Manny and the Dodgers except each other.



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That's A LOT of money for a guy who strikes out as much as he does. He's averaged 177 walks a year over the past five, including two over 190.

Although, he does walk a lot. His five year average is just over 111.

If he could ever find himself in a lineup with some good protection, it would be a huge difference maker.

That being said, for his age and his potential, it could be a good pick up for Washington.



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    Originally posted by MisterHenderson
    That's A LOT of money for a guy who strikes out as much as he does. He's averaged 177 walks a year over the past five, including two over 190.


Ryan Howard had rung up K-totals of 181, 199, and 199 the last three years and he just got 3 yr/$54 mil. Dunn's a homeless man's Howard and is being paid as such.

Dunn's never had a really lucky above average BABIP, and when he's had an average one he's been at around .260, so I think at 2 yr/$20 mil he's a good pick up, especially since a couple years ago he probably would've gotten crazy money (like 6 yr/$100 mil) with all of his consecutive 40-HR seasons.



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    Originally posted by MisterHenderson
    That's A LOT of money for a guy who strikes out as much as he does. He's averaged 177 walks a year over the past five, including two over 190.

    Although, he does walk a lot. His five year average is just over 111.

    If he could ever find himself in a lineup with some good protection, it would be a huge difference maker.

    That being said, for his age and his potential, it could be a good pick up for Washington.


Strikeouts and BA aside, he's an OB machine. And seriously, he's been as consistent as anyone in the majors for the last 5 years. .240, 40 homers, and a guy pitchers throw around. $10 million is almost moneyballesque!
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I'd say that's actually a bargain. 10 mil a year for someone with high OBP, HRs, and RBIs is a pretty good deal. He may strike out a little too much and doesn't hit for average, but you know what you are getting from him every year. And you can always trade him at the deadline for more pieces.
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Good move by the Nats. Dunn has his faults, but he's a far greater option at first than relying on the injury-riddled Nick Johnson for another season.



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Dunn provides an entertainment factor for a dull 90-95 loss team. If you are a bad team that loses 10-9/9-8 most nights, you can be fun for those with the extra innings package to tune into to see how the game will be blown, see 2007 Devil Rays. If you are getting beat 5-1 most nights, like the 2008 Nationals, you are a team that just gets flipped over most nights. To get the most money, Dunn had to go to a poor team, to get a player who fans might show up to watch batting practice, the Nationals had to pay more than other teams.
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    Originally posted by redsoxnation
    Dunn provides an entertainment factor for a dull 90-95 loss team. If you are a bad team that loses 10-9/9-8 most nights, you can be fun for those with the extra innings package to tune into to see how the game will be blown, see 2007 Devil Rays. If you are getting beat 5-1 most nights, like the 2008 Nationals, you are a team that just gets flipped over most nights. To get the most money, Dunn had to go to a poor team, to get a player who fans might show up to watch batting practice, the Nationals had to pay more than other teams.


Which is exactly what this team needs considering how steaply their attendance fell last season after the first few months. With the new ball park, they certainly felt pressured to bring in a legit star to help keep the fans interested.
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Not a single person is going to buy a ticket to watch Adam Dunn taking batting practice.



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    Originally posted by thecubsfan
    Not a single person is going to buy a ticket to watch Adam Dunn taking batting practice.


Just to spite you, I will! (okay, maybe to watch the Phillies, Mets, Cubs, or Dodgers take batting practice too) Then again, a seat in the bleeds is cheaper than a movie ticket in DC, and moving down onto the field level along the baseline is easy since nobody really cares/is there.

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    Originally posted by redsoxnation
    Dunn provides an entertainment factor for a dull 90-95 loss team.


So he's kind of like Frank Howard for the Senators, except Howard was actually a good offensive player.

Dunn's lifetime BFW with a lifetime high of 3.0 = 12.3

Howard's BFW over a three year period with the Senators= 12.8 (3=4.0, 4.5 and 4.3)

Howard was not exactly a speed demon either, but he did lead the league in outfield fielding average in 1967, and in errors in 1968.

Dunn has let OFs or LFs in errors four times.

He's not good, but he might boot enough balls and hit enough dingers to entertain the baseball-starved I suppose.

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