The Oakland A’s have acquired DH-1B Adam Dunn from the Chicago White Sox for minor league pitcher Nolan Sanborn.
The A’s desperately need offense. They haven’t been the same since they dealt Yoenis Cespedes to the Red Sox and have lost 14 of their last 20 including a four game sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Angels who now have a five game lead in the AL West.
Nevertheless, the A’s are still leading the AL Wild Card standings. This is an opportunity for Dunn to make his first post-season appearance in his 14-year big league career. Dunn has hit 460 career homeruns. Most of those were hit with the Cincinnati Reds. Dunn has also had stints with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Washington Nationals and since 2011 has been a member of the Chisox. In 106 games with Chicago in 2014, Dunn hit .220 with 20 HR and 54 RBI. Despite a low batting average and 132 strikeouts, he has a respectable OBP of .340. Dunn is expected to retire at the end of the season.
Of course, if Oakland continues to play poorly there’s no guarantee Dunn will play October baseball. The Mariners and Yankees might have something to say about it as might several teams in the AL Central in September.
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