I posted a simliar thread over the winter about this topic, and thought it would be a good time to revisit the conversation.
Do the Reds trade Adam Dunn this season? Over the winter I asked if he would go in the offseason, and we obviously know the answer to that question (if you don't, you're not much of a Reds fan ).
It's only a few weeks into the season, but Dunn has been routinely going the other way, and "hitting them where they ain't." For example, today's rbi single off of Zambrano.
He appears to have adopted a different and much more effective plan at the plate, and looks like he's heading for a career year, by all indications.
In this division, we're going to have to be flat out awful to completely be out of the race by July 31st, so trading Dunn would create serious backlash. But on the same hand, if he keeps hitting at this pace, his stock could very well never be higher, and we could possibly get a king's ransom for him. So, if the Reds are on the fringe of elimination, but close enough to where the casual fan would still consider them in the race and giving up on the season if they traded one of their best hitter's, would the Reds trade Dunn, even if it received several good player's in return?
It's a tough decision for a club to make. I'm sure they'd love to keep Dunn, but financially it will be very difficult, and with young player's such as Bruce and Stubbs on the horizon, along with Hamilton and any young player's that might be acquired in a trade of Dunn, the club may believe they can withstand the short term loss in production.
What are your opinions on this? Will the Reds try and sign Dunn long term? Will they let him play the year out without making any contract offers or trading him? Or will they make a risky move and trade him while his stock could be at an all time high in order to further add depth to the organization?