Ted Berg of USA Today connected Dunn with the Orioles when writing about potential trades that should happen on Wednesday.
The Big Donkey has been hot of late — he’s got a .984 OPS since the start of June — and would provide the Orioles a power bat to improve their woeful DH situation.
It seemed inevitable that the O's would trade for a new DH, and Dunn is among the best.
He has been one of the best designated hitters on the market ever since Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported that every player on the White Sox was available except for Chris Sale and Paul Konerko. He is a hot commodity, but trading him might not be all that easy.
The White Sox are looking to sell, but how would trading Dunn to the Orioles get done?
Let's take a look.
Why It Makes Sense
The White Sox are looking to sell off parts to make the team younger and build for the future, whereas the Orioles are looking to buy their way into the postseason.
The ChiSox have a lot of players to sell, and Dunn is one of the biggest. The team needs to get rid of his salary and make room for up-and-coming stars, and trading Dunn is the only way to do so.
The O's, on the other hand, have had some of the worst DHs in the MLB this season. The team's DH is batting an MLB-worst .197 with a humiliating .643 OPS. That's just over half of Miguel Cabrera's numbers.
Baltimore needs a DH, and the White Sox are looking to sell one. It couldn't be more perfect.
Trading a 33-year-old veteran is usually a simple matter, but that might not be the case with Dunn.
As Heyman also reported, it could be difficult to move Dunn since he is signed through 2014 and is owed $15 million in both 2013 and 2014.
Shelling out $15 million is tough for any team, and teams who don't have that kind of money to spend or have already spent as much as possible would need the White Sox to eat up much of his contract. However, in Berg's speculated trade scenario, the White Sox want to trade Dunn to clear up salary space, which would mean eating part of his contract would be counterproductive.
The Orioles aren't known for spending a ton of money, and the team is already dishing out roughly $91 million this season.
If the team is going to spend money it should do so on pitching, not hitting.
The other reason why Dunn might not be traded is that he has been frustratingly inconsistent since 2010, posting a combined batting average below the Mendoza Line and hit 41 home runs last season as opposed to just 11 the year before.
Packages for Dunn
The packages for Dunn come down to whether or not the ChiSox are willing to eat some of his salary. If they are then the package will be much better, but if not they won't get much in return.
Here are the two packages that make the most sense for Dunn.
|White Sox Trade||DH Adam Dunn|
|Orioles Trade||RHP Dylan Rheault|
|White Sox Trade||DH Adam Dunn and cash|
|Orioles Trade||LHP Eduardo Rodriguez|
The Orioles are looking for a DH, but Dunn might not be the right guy.
Sure, Baltimore needs somebody like Dunn, but asking for the money owed to him is too much. The team can't afford $15 million on a DH, and would be better suited to spend that money on a pitcher or two.
This deal is definitely a possibility, but odds are that it won't get done by the end of July.