Originally Posted by RedRoser
Maybe that means that Dunn's a goner then, and WK is just trying to "sell" some team(s) on his "many strengths"???
This occurred to me, but I'll be honest, hearing Wayne last night made me more convinced than ever that he's intent on keeping Dunn for the time being. When talking about him, he praised his strengths and definitely downplayed his weaknesses ("anybody who hits that many homers, you're going to have a lot of striekouts.") But the one thing he seemed to be hammering home the most, curiously, was his work ethic. Maybe this is projection on my part, but I think this was for Reds' fans sake. A team that wants Dunn has already decided that either Dunn has a great work ethic or he's so good that it doesn't matter; Dunn's work habits are not really questioned around MLB. But they are amongst Reds fans. Krivsky said several times that Dunn needs to work on his defense, he knows it, and he does. He said he saw Dunn improving on defense throughout last season. he really focused on what a worker he is, at least that's how I interpreted it.
Although I don't remember the context, he also, in a completely unrelated question having to do with the team as a whole and not at all Dunn specifically, mentioned Dunn in the future tense when referring to the possibilites of the team (contending, maybe?) next year. This borders on a psychological slip to me...ok, again, maybe I'm projecting, but if he was bound and determined to have Dunn out of his hands by the end of next week, I don't think it would have come out that way.
I do think that 2007 may be Dunn's "last chance" with this team. If his defense and his OBP continue to decline, then the team may well decline their option on him or even trade him at the end of the season to a contending team if the Reds are not. I don't think that contract was by happenstance, it's a very smart contract. And it's one of the first things he did in office. He's said over and over not to focus on Dunn's strikeouts. He's said that if Dunn were traded, the Reds would have some serious numbers to make up. I think he loves Dunn. For now.