Facts are now being faced that could not be last year because of who's facing them: WJ instead of WK.
Something people are overlooking here that might help to figure out where the F.O.'s mind is on the issue. In order to get the 2 draft picks Dunn would have had to turn down Arbitration. I would have fully expected him to do so but if he wasn't overwhelmed in FA by an offer there would have been an outside chance he would have accepted arbitration. Albeit small a chance that the F.O. apparently wasn't comfortable with taking.
I will miss Dunn as well the guy was a world class prankster and every clubhouse needs one, especially one with his production. As a guy he was top notch. I will miss his power and his discipline and his insistance on playing every day. I do believe he could have been a part of the puzzle just not as big a piece as his salary and some fans said he should be.
"You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one."
Maybe WJ will DFA Marty.
So let's see here ... if the Reds on-base percentage this season sans Dunn and Griffey is around .310, then where is this ballclub going to get the offense to even smell contention anytime soon?
Barry Larkin - HOF, 2012
Put an end to the Lost Decade.
I've just read this entire thread. My take, the sky isn't falling. In fact, I may see a rainbow.
I loved when Adam Dunn hit a home run to win a game. But I equally hated seeing him muff routine plays in the outfield and strikeout when runners were in scoring position. Just last week, here in D.C., I saw him look just lost in LF (note to AZ: he can't play RF). I also was disappointed with him in '05 when he said he didn't want to play 1b after trying it out in spring training.
Overall, the Reds can be in last place without him just like they were with him. But now they go in the offseason with alot of cash, a young talented starting rotation and a GM with a track record. So, I'm not upset, just sorry the Dunn-Griffey years didn't turn out better. And now we'll see if those two are truly winners and make it to the post-season.
flyer, I don't agree. I think this is the real thing. We're going to give up trying to rebuild while contending. Reality has finally forced its way onto Reds management. Losing 95-100 games is making them realize contending is years away at best.
I don't think the Marlins model is the only way to conduct a legitimate rebuild. It's just about properly evaluating which pieces should be part of the puzzle and then adding others to complement them. Most often, those pieces should be young and inexpensive, but sometimes there are older, reasonably-priced ones that fit, too.
"Iíll kind of have a foot on the back of my own butt. Thatís just how I do things.Ē -- Bryan Price, 10/22/2013
Well, people criticized Walt for not doing anything, for not taking the best offer, even if it's only 70 cents on the dollar..Well, it looks like he's doing that. Ross is on his way out, and now Dunn.
I'm not surprised at all. All signs pointed to Dunn not coming back next year.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2010-2014!
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!
I guess now we'll see what Dunn's worth from either the Diamondbacks (a smart organization) or the open market.
When all the dust settles, we'll ultimately realize how bad of a trade this was, how horrible this organization is, and there will be no end in sight of the losing.
But at least we have Homer on the AAA to Cincy merry-go-round, and we can count on Stubbs to make his impact in Cincy circa 2011.