Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling
Another fact the Dunn-haters are oblivious about is that Dunn does a lot more than produce RBIs. Adam Dunn has led the Reds in runs scored every year since 2003.
The fact is that Adam Dunn puts more runs on the scoreboard than any other Red every single season.
Dunn is not only good at driving in runs, he is also excellent at scoring runs. He has a high on-base %, which means he makes fewer outs than most other players. He gets on base frequently. He is a good baserunner. He scores tons of runs. Adam Dunn is very good at scoring runs. Scoring runs is the object of the game isn't it?
I actually think the object of the game is to record WINS.
That said... I'll reiterate again why I don't think trading Dunn is such a bad idea and why you can try to lump us all as "Dunn haters," when in fact I think a fair number of us are more accurately described as "Reds fans."
I don't care who and I don't care how, but I want Reds wins.
So please please please wake up and smell the baseball economics brew. Fact is, the Reds payroll will be right around where it has been for a while. Which is to say about $70-plus million.
To record more wins, I say this team CAN NOT afford $13 million to Dunn next year. (We're all agreed this year is a lost cause, right?) This team must spend money more wisely (i.e. not the way it did this year, with the bullpen and bench as an afterthought).
I respect Dunn's talents, but for $13 million, I don't want to have to gloss over his inability to hit with RISP. For $13 million, he simply has to do that. And from the clean-up spot?! Yes! He must.
I've long said, since apparently I was dubbed a "Dunn hater," that I would welcome a trade if we got some young, cheap, SOLID parts we need. That could be a left field replacement, an MLB-ready catcher, an upside AA or AAA starter or some quality bullpen arms that can anchor us in 2008.
Replace him with average leftfielder who doesn't hit to Dunn's power levels (which is to say, almost everyone) but who also doesn't command 18 percent of the payroll, and instead go get what this team truly needs to win next year and I say we can afford to take the hit in the runs scored column.
Runs scored is not the name of the game. If it were, I think the Reds would have the fourth best record in the NL.
Looks to me like we need some other parts. Other parts cost money. Who do we have that costs a lot AND who has trade value right now?
Call me a Dunn hater. I just call it logical.