New York Mets: Just Say No to Adam Dunn

Michael GanciCorrespondent IJune 8, 2009

PHOENIX - MAY 08:  Adam Dunn #44 of the Washington Nationals waits to bat during the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on May 8, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Nationals defeated the Diamondbacks 5-4.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Mets are struggling right now, and that is in large part because of the injuries that have forced Carlos Delgado, Jose Reyes and others out of the lineup for extended periods of time.

Currently, the Mets stand at No. 28 in the league in home runs, and there has been a lot of talk about them seeking outside help from another organization.

Several names have been mentioned that I am a fan of, such as Carlos Lee from the Astros, and Nick Johnson from the Nationals.

But there is one name that I don’t want to see affiliated with the Mets, and that is Adam Dunn.

Over the past few seasons, Dunn has been one of the best in the game at hitting the long ball. He did it when he was with the Reds, and despite what the critics thought he would do, he is still hitting the long balls with regularity.

In fact, he is in the top five in the National League in home runs, and it almost seems like he has hit more homers than the entire Mets team.

Well…that may be stretching it a bit.

While the power would be a nice and welcomed addition, there are three parts of Dunn’s game that concern me.

First is defense. Watching him in the outfield this weekend has been atrocious. He makes Gary Sheffield and Daniel Murphy look like Endy Chavez.

I am sure he could probably hold down the fort at first, but then we would have to deal with the range that would be reminiscent of Mo Vaughn from a few years back.

Another thing you have to watch out for with Dunn is his speed. He isn’t exactly fleet of foot, and with the Mets’ current troubles on the base paths, he wouldn’t be the man to help solve that problem.

If he was on first base, he couldn’t score on a double. That hurts when you are a team like the Mets that has enough trouble scoring as it is.

The third and most glaring problem with Adam Dunn is the strikeout rate. He has always been known as an all-or-nothing type of guy who walks a ton, but also strikes out as much as half of some teams.

David Wright seems to be doing enough of that for the Mets this season, and I think the team would be better off going for a high on-base percentage guy like Johnson.

The problem is that the Mets have a depleted minor league system.

If Omar Minaya makes any big changes, it would certainly shock the heck out of me.