Matthew Pouliot over at rotoworld does a list of where he thinks the current crop of free agents will land. He recently re-hashed it since doing it earlier in the offseason, but both times he's written about Adam Dunn as a possibility for Cleveland. Simple fantasy baseball conjecture, but it got me thinking. The demand for Dunn might not be that high. Position wise, he can play the corner outfield spots and first base. He can hold his own in those spots defensively, but is not spectacular. But the point is he doesn't play any of the skill positions so most teams are already set at these positions. He would seem to be a perfect fit for us in 2009. Slot him in LF or 1B depending on who you think is the better player (Ben Fran or Garko) and you can always slide him over to the other if a guy like Laporta comes up during the season. He also provides depth in RF if Choo crashes and burns and Gutz continues to remain erratic on offense.
When he was traded to the Diamondbacks there were talks of extending him. It seems now that this may not be financially possible for them. The loser in the Mark Teixeira race (looking like either NYY or LAA) will probably kick Dunn's tires (is there a pun here? maybe not.), but that may be the only real competition. The Yanks seem too crowded right now assuming Dunn doesn't want to be a DH and they just traded for another version of him already in Nick Swisher. There may be enough teams that will not look past the batting avg. and strikeouts and devalue him. There doesn't seem to be much reported interest in giving him a long term deal, which if this is the case, already makes him more attractive to a team like the Indians who can't risk another Hafner contract.
Last season Dunn, age 28, had an OPS+ of 129 in the NL.
Anyone against trying to sign him to a short term (2 maybe 3 year deal) at a high cost (in the teens in millions) ?