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Are the Cubs Interested in Signing Adam Dunn?

According to an interview conducted by Clint Evans from Diamond Hoggers, and Mike Rosenbaum from The Golden Sombrero in their podcast called "The Baseball Show", baseball agent Matt Sosnick believes the Chicago Cubs are interested in signing Adam Dunn to a multi-year deal.

"If I was going to guess, I would say [Adam Dunn] is probably going to the Cubs, and he'll probably get, you know, 3 years and 40 million bucks," said Sosnick, of Sosnick and Cobbe Sports.

Listen to Sosnick talk about the Cubs interest in Adam Dunn


Sosnick represents numerous baseball players including the Reds' Jay Bruce and the Giants' Freddy Sanchez.  He argues that while Dunn's defense is poor, he is a consistent slugger who can hit 40 homers and drive in 100 runs year in and year out.  For this reason he is a desirable commodity for any team.  However, he says it's unclear whether the Nationals will attempt to bring him back to Washington.

"Like I said, it's very difficult to see whether the Nationals are trying to build a contending team,"  Sosnick said.  "They signed the GM for five years, they have a pitching staff that, sometime in the next couple years is going to come together where they're going to have a really strong 1, 2 and 3.  But you also have to have hitters."

Whether or not the Cubs truly are interested in Dunn has not been confirmed by the team.  But if nothing else, it could be a window into the plans the team has this off-season as they prepare for 2011.

Read the articles, and listen to the entire podcast here. 


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joeydafish said:

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Oh boy Kap...is THIS gonna open up a can of worms or what???!!?!???
Won't Castro and Dunn make just the most solid defense infield EVER? I know it's not a "Dunn" deal but considering how you and I feel about Dunn and Hendry is after all still the GM we should be afraid, very afraid. BUT...I refuse to let my growing disdain for Hendry take away my civility so..have a good weekend and no matter what...GO CUBS! (how wast that? better right? I'm gettin' there Kap!!)

David Kaplan said:

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Signing Adam Dunn would be a foolish decision in my opinion. Yes, he has tremendous power. However, he strikes out a ton and he is a horrific defensive player. The Cubs are already a slow team that is far too one dimensional. They were tied for the 2nd most # of errors in the NL and that was with 4 months of Derrek Lee who is excellent defensively. As a DH, Dunn would be a solid decision. But in the NL with the Cubs with Castro and Ramirez who both were saved a ton of errors by Lee, Adam Dunn would be an awful choice.

joeydafish said:

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That's the thing with Hendry, he's managing as if the Cubs were in the AL. WE CAN'T hide players like Soriano (or Dunn, God forbid) in a DH role. He doesn't get it. He's fooled somehow into thinking the Cubs will mash their way into the playoffs DESPITE the horrendous holes in the defense.

MLBCUBS1 said:

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Kap, Cubs should use the money on pitching, and make a trade for Yonder Alonso from the Reds. His path to the bigs is blocked by Votto. He's 23 yrs old bats left throw right. I dont know if the Reds make this trade but you got to at least make a call. I think he is a rule 5 candidate this year. Go young and build within. SteveO

*dan bradley said:

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Something to consider: if Dunn's 40 hr's are such a valuable asset, why does he always play for losing teams?

Max Power said:

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Because his teammates suck.

Just like Ernie Banks' did.

Or do you believe that if a player puts up good numbers on a bad team, it somehow makes them not good?

If he only gets 3/40, the team signing him is getting a bargain.

cc002600 said:

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Are you aware that letting the other team score runs due to bad defense is not good ?

Just askin..

Edelweiss said:

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Why would the Cubs spend big money for any player at this point? I would imagine that Hendry would be working feverishly in the off-season to unload Fukudome and Zambrano, much as he did with Bradley last year. Soriano might also be on the move-radar, but he simply makes too much. Though Quade was the best choice for the team at this point, his signing indicates what direction the team is currently headed.

cc002600 said:

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This would be one of the worst moves in cubs history.
and that's saying something when you haven't won 102 years. This guy is a clown. i don't care if he hits 80 hr's a year.

joeydafish said:

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Adam Dunn and his left handed, home run hitting prowess would be a TREMENDOUS pick up for ANY TEAM...in the AL that NEEDS a DH. I don't think there is any way at all even the feeble minded Hendry would duplicate such a horrible situation like signing Soriano and his lead glove by signing Dunn and HIS lead glove. Would he?? Yikes.

cc002600 said:

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I have argued that same point with other people. Yes, Dunn will hit more HR's / RBI than Soriano, but they are the same type of player. Bad glove, no speed, k-machine, and low BA. And yet, how many people out there like Soriano ? but these same people clamor for Dunn. WTF

Totally moronic to sign this guy, which means they will.

joeydafish said:

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Agreed. The only thing that can save us are the tight purse strings that Hendry is now FORCED to deal with. Anytime Hendry DOESN'T sign a one dimensional player will be because he CAN'T not because he didn't WANT to sign the player. Need a left fielder? Sign Soriano the "must have/hot" guy, need a hitting coach? Sign Jaramillo the "must have/hot" guy, need a right fielder? Sign Fukodome the "must have/hot" guy. If the same scenario plays out Hendry may very well sign the "must have/hot" guy for the 1B void, void because of Hendry's over-rated, under-producing farm system, Adam Dunn. BUT, if the sudden "awakening" of Quade being the right man for the job and NOT Girardi (the "must have/hot" guy of the day) is any indication then somebody is evidently telling Hendry that he WILL not spend millions on a manager and he may very well be hearing the same thing about not spending millions on Dunn. We can only hope SOMEBODY at Wrigley has SOME common sense to realize that if Hendry is hanging around in order to save face then he MUST be closely supervised too.

cc002600 said:

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Wouldn't it be smarter to put Colvin at 1b and then go after a big time outfielder for RF ? Like maybe Carl Crawford or Jason Werth ? yes, I know Crawford played LF, but i'm sure he could switch to RF.

I would much, much, rather see that than getting Dunn the Clown.

But this is why the cubs never win. For 102 years they have been trying to slug their way to championships. It doesn't work !! Speed and defense show up in so many way every day that you don't see in the numbers. Just look at Rangers. They have tons of speed and good defense.

The cubs will never get it. total idiots.

joeydafish said:

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Right again. In fact, even though I think Fukodome is a weak player at least he is a solid defender. I would rather have Fukodome remain in right with Colvin at 1B instead of wasting a roster spot and money by signing Dunn and handcuffing the team again like Hendry did with Soriano. This way it could give Genious Jim some time to unload Fukodome and put in an improvement for right feild via trade or even break in another rookie like Snyder or Jackson, all the while leaving Colvin at 1B for years to come. All this because Jimbo thought Lee was going to last forever and saw no need to scout/develope/sign a first baseman for the minor league?? That's negligent on his part. The best we can come up with are Castro and Colvin...good players with reason to be optimistic but are they in the same league as Fielder, Howard, Posey, Heyward, Cano...you know? A bunch of teams are showcasing their minor league success but not som much for the Cubs on Hendry's watch.

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