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Its a Dunn Deal!

Paul ErskineCorrespondent IAugust 11, 2008

The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired the major league home run leader, Adam Dunn from the Cincinnati Reds, for prospect Dallas Buck and two players to be named later.  Arizona, felt the need to add a bat to compete with the Dodgers who bulked up at the deadline by adding Manny Ramirez, and with the loss of Justin Upton have added the slugger they needed. 

 

Dunn who is hitting .233 this year, with 32 home runs and 72 runs batted in.  He may have a low batting average, but his on base percentage is at a respectable .373, and he has a slugging percentage of .573.  Basically he is a walk, strikeout, and home run type of guy.  He can help Arizona a lot in a sad but increasingly competitive NL West race.

 

Dallas Buck, who is a pitching prospect and former top ten prospect in the Diamondbacks organization, had Tommy John surgery at age 21 last year and has recently returned the last couple months to pitch in Single A ball.  He has a respectable 3.47 ERA, and the Reds are obviously hoping he can return to pre-surgery form.  The two players to be named later have not been released.  No possible lists on who the Reds have their eyes on are to be found either. 

 

Only time will tell if this trade will benefit each team in the long run.  Arizona tried to acquire Dunn at the trade deadline, but obviously didn’t meet the Reds demands.  Their thoughts probably changed once the Dodgers made their moves, and now being more motivated and willing to give up more, have gone out and got the outfielder they needed to stay in the NL West race.

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