Originally Posted by Sea Ray
I think it's interesting that there are so few Reds on this list. Goes to show that we have a talent issue here, not a managerial one.
Also interesting where Adam Dunn falls and why Reds fans are so torn over how good he is. It shows that Adam Dunn is the best player on this team but it also shows that isn't saying much. Other teams evaluating players for trades don't care how he compares to other Reds players. They compare him to other major leaguers. They'll say he's not Babe Ruth. He's Carl Crawford or Curtis Granderson with a $13mill pricetag.
His contract is and of itself why his greatest asset to the Reds is as a trading chip...I do agree his value to us exceeds the value as compared to others, but his ability to hit 40+ HR for a power deficient club (re: Padres/Dodgers/Angels) potentially sets his value higher...for this franchise at that cost, Dunn (and I've said this specifically before) must be Ramirez, Rodriguez, Guerrero or Pujols...that is, he must be able to carry us, make others around us better and be a guy that changes the game when he's AB or nearing AB...he's a very good player and probably is our best statistical player but he hasn't been nor will he be that type of guy...he's a supporting actor getting lead actor money
...FWIW, I wish we were a better team, and able to justify the contract and keep him here...it will be a sad day if it happens, a lousy day if it doesn't return value in turn...
IMHO, this is also why Griffey should not be traded...he still has some of "it"...still impacts the game with his presence, still brings the "uh-oh" to the opposing dugout...that combined with the chase to 600 (and the corresponding purchase of tix by fans) should keep Griffey in RF for the Reds through the end of next season...