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Dunn the new name on list

Posted Jul 31, 2008 by Marc Lancaster

Updated Jul 31, 2008 at 10:03 AM

TORONTO—If you can take anything from the action of the past 24-48 hours, it’s that the Rays obviously aren’t content to just add a platoon bat in right field.

First all the Jason Bay talk, and now SI.com is reporting Tampa Bay has discussed Adam Dunn with the Reds. These are everyday guys and real impact players, not complementary pieces.

Dunn leads the majors with 32 homers, and SI.com’s Jon Heyman made a good point yesterday in noting that his production really tends to fly under the radar. In the last five years, Dunn has more homers than anyone in baseball (196, one more than A-Rod) and more walks than anyone in baseball (511, 10 more than Todd Helton).

For those who haven’t seen him much and are frustrated by B.J. Upton’s approach at the plate, you might not be a fan. He takes even more pitches, including plenty of called third strikes. But when he runs into one, there aren’t many that can send the ball farther.

His defense in left field never has been a strength, but by all accounts it has improved this season. The idea of playing him in right makes me a bit twitchy, but that has been the weakest link in the Rays’ defense all season anyway and the other spots are pretty solid.

Anyway, I think he’d be a nice fit with the Rays in a lot of respects, but who knows. And speaking of the Reds, his name hasn’t been mentioned in connection with the Rays, but David Weathers might not be a bad addition. He’s a setup guy but has closing experience and would fit the mold of the current Rays bullpen. Just throwing it out there…

It’s going to be a long day filled with a lot of hot air, and it could end with Dunn headed to Tampa Bay, or Jason Bay, or someone nobody has mentioned yet. No one had those Pudge to the Yankees or Griffey to the White Sox deals before they happened.

Stay tuned…

Reader Comments

Por (RICH) on July 31, 2008 (Suggest removal)

HOPE THE RAYS CAN LAND NEEDED HELP <> JASON BAY WOULD BE GREAT <> ALSO I LIKE THE OTHER JAYSON .. WERTH WHO HAS 14 HRS IN ONLY 235 AB’S WITH 11 SB, CS ONLY ONCE FOR A BIG MAN THAT IS GOOD <> PLUS I READ WERE DUNN HAS HIT ONE MORE HR OVER A-ROD IN 5 YRS AND LEADS THE MAJORS IN BB W/ 511 <> HE WOULD FIT AS DH/RF <> MAYBE THERE WILL BE ROOM FOR ROCCO TOO <> WERTH COULD BE WORTH A DEAL !!!

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Por (H.B. Gonzalez) on July 31, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Dunn, no! Bay, yes! If neither, see if Baldelli can play. If not bring up Ruggiano.

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Por (James) on July 31, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Hey Rich, strike your CAPSLOCK please.

If Dunn comes to Tampa Bay he’d be allowed to jog through RF during warm-ups but that’s as close as he’ll get to it on gameday. He’s a DH on this team. He’s like Ryan Klesko in the anywhere in the field, worthless. He’s a DH in Tampa Bay, write it down just in case.

I think the Rays need to step in and take Bay away from the Red Sox grips. It would give us exactly what we need and it would leave Boston in disarray as well. Killing two birds with one ball.

Get it done Andy.

Get both of them “Dunn”.

1. 2B Iwamura
2. CF Crawford
3. RF Bay
4. DH Dunn
5. 3B Longoria
6. CF Upton
7. 1B Pena
8. C Navarro
9. SS Bartlett

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Por (James) on July 31, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Just dreaming…

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Por (Matt) on July 31, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I’d be happy with getting Dunn and calling up Ruggiano and Baldelli. Say bye to the mistakes formerly known as Floyd, Gomes and Gross. I said from the day they signed Floyd they #1 over spent and #2 could of had Darin Erstad for about 2 mil less. He’s playing LF and 1B for the Astros part-time. Key is he’s playing the field… And Trevor Miller is as much of a joke as Floyd, #1 see Floyd’s #1 and #2 could of had Everyday Eddie for the league minimum. Eddie has closing experience and is having a great season. Hmmm…. Maybe Friedman’s not as smart as we all think…..

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Por (carl) on July 31, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Ap says that the Red Sox are working on a 3 way deal that will land them Bay.

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Por (Jester47) on July 31, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Thursday, July 31, 2008 | Print Entry <http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/print?id=3512809&type=blogEntry>

Posted by Jayson Stark

It now looks as though the Rays won’t make a deal of any kind between now and the deadline. According to sources who have spoken with them, they have backed off Adam Dunn because he would make their lineup too left-handed, and they have been informed by Pittsburgh that Jason Bay is likely to go somewhere else.

The Rays and Colorado already agreed Wednesday that they don’t have what it would take to get Brian Fuentes, if the Rockies decide to trade him at all. And that looks less likely all the time.

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Por (Josh) on July 31, 2008 (Suggest removal)

According to ESPN the Bay deal is back on, and talks are on going. With the Manny deal dead, Pittsburgh is still trying to move Jason Bay for some prospects, and have been talking again with the Rays.

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Por (Mark) on July 31, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Rays to Acquire Bay
With the three-way deal between the Pirates, Red Sox, and Marlins falling through, an MLB.com source says that the Rays are going to acquire right-handed hitting outfielder Jason Bay for Minor League prospects including shortstop Reid Brignac and right-hander Jeff Niemann. The Rays have not confirmed the deal.

—Bill Chastain

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Por (George) on July 31, 2008 (Suggest removal)

<a href=“http://www.raysindex.com/2008/07/trade-deadline-tampa-bay-rays-deadline.html”>DEAL IS FINALLY DONE!</a>

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Por (Jeff) on July 31, 2008 (Suggest removal)

So no Bay to Bay, bummer…Dunn is the new name?  But to replace whom, Cliff Floyd?  We still need a RF for an honest run.  Would KC trade OF-DeJesus and P-Mahay?  Or would they want too much, as in our top pitching prospects?  Go Rays.

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