MSNBC is reporting that Cincinnati Reds Left Fielder/First Baseman Adam Dunn is on the trading block. While it can’t be confirmed as the Reds GM, Wayne Krivsky, does not comment on players on the trading block or potential trades, signs are pointing to him becoming available. If this is true it’s becoming apparent that the Reds are writing off any hope for a comeback in the mediocre NL Central and are looking toward the future. If Dunn is dealt he can be had for fairly cheap. The $13 million dollar club option for 2008 is voided if Dunn is traded, and he would hit the free agent market at the end of the season.
Dunn, a left-handed batter who has hit at least 40 home runs the past three seasons, would be a welcome addition in the middle of the Yankees lineup. With the uncertainty of Jason Giambi’s foot injury that might have him out for extended time, and given the first base platoon …
Yesterday, Moises Alou had another MRI on his strained left quad. The news isn’t very good as it’s still showing inflammation and soreness. At this time, there’s no time table for his return. After coming off a productive season with the San Francisco Giants where he hit .301 with 22 home runs and 74 RBI, Alou signed a one year deal this offseason, where he was penciled in to replace last season’s left fielder; the oft-injured Cliff Floyd. Alou started the season productive, hitting .349 with 2 home runs and 11 RBI before the sore quad started to affect him. His production began to drop, and the Mets placed him on the disabled list.
With Alou out and Endy Chavez also on the DL with a hamstring injury, by default Carlos Gomez is the every day left fielder. No doubt, Carlos Gomez has a bright future ahead of him, as he has five above average tools. It shouldn’t be too long before he’s patrolling …
In Newsday today, columnist Wallace Matthews opines that Alex Rodriguez will unquestionably opt-out of his contract at the end of the year, comparing the issue to the likelihood that Donald Trump would waive his pre-nup.
The issue to Matthews is whether the Yanks even want the slugger back. He points out that in 1996, the Yanks won with a third base platoon of Wade Boggs and Charlie Hayes, while the modestly productive Scott Brosius manned the position in the ’98, ’99, and 2000 Championship seasons. Back then the Yanks relied on small ball rather than long ball, timely hits rather than superfluous ones. Says Matthews:
“…when the time comes to say deal or no deal, the Yankees would be wise to remember the lessons of 1996 and 1998 and 1999 and 2000. Those championships weren’t won by slugging third basemen, or designated hitters built like Schwarzenegger, or prima donna starting pitchers who show up when the season is half over.”
Via the New York Post’s Michael Morrissey:
Randy Johnson hasn’t made the trip to New York for this week’s Diamondbacks-Yankees series, eschewing a chance to revisit the numerous wonderful highlights of his Yankees career….The decision to skip the New York trip was reportedly made by Arizona general manager Josh Byrnes and manager Bob Melvin, who worry that needless air travel will hamper the 43-year-old’s surgically repaired back.
In fact, Johnson reportedly won’t make another road trip this season in which he isn’t scheduled to pitch. Melvin claimed Johnson didn’t ask to duck the New York series or ask for the same plan that Roger Clemens enjoys with the Yankees.