The Adam Dunn Sweepstakes

Jordan LanningCorrespondent IJanuary 19, 2009

You would think Adam Dunn—just 29 years of age and coming off of a 40-home run season—would be one of the most well-payed players in the league, right? Wrong.

A recent published report said that he may expect to receive offers in $5 million per year range. With less than a month before pitchers and catchers report to spring training, Dunn is one of the many free agents still unsigned in the new baseball economy.

Dunn, who reportedly was seeking a four-year deal worth $56 million, has seen offers speculated to have withered to four-year deals in the $20 million range.

The Washington Nationals are one of the teams still interested in him, but have stated publicly that he is still out of their price range—for now.  Many industry insiders still figure Washington to be players for the slugger.

The big knock on Dunn is that he strikes out—a lot. He had 164 Ks last season.

Dunn's horrific batting average is another knock against him.  He had a .236 batting average in 2008, which is another big reason he is not getting a huge deal.

Adam Dunn either hits a big home run or strikes out. He does a lot of both.

There is a lot of upside in Dunn, but there are also a lot of down sides. As the saying goes, "Sign him at your own risk."