John Fay's notes on Dunn trade
Diamondbacks not only team to claim #44
By John Fay firstname.lastname@example.org
August 12, 2008
If the trade deadline was July 31, then how were the Reds able to trade Adam Dunn on Aug. 11?
The answer: July 31 is the "non-waiver" trade deadline.
After that deadline, teams can still trade players, but they must do so using the waiver process. Players who are put on waivers must stay there for 47 business hours. Any team can submit a claim during that time for the player, who may not even know they are on waivers.
That's what happened with Dunn. He was placed on trade waivers and claimed by several teams, including the Arizona Diamondbacks, said Reds assistant general manager Bob Miller
Arizona had first rights because it had the worst record of the teams claiming Dunn.
The teams then had two days to reach a deal. Had no deal been reached, the Reds could have pulled Dunn back off waivers. He then could not have been placed on waivers for another 30 days.
"Most teams put on almost everyone they have on trade waivers," Miller said. "It's sort of like fishing. You throw bait in the water. That's the only way I can explain. Teams claim players. Teams block to try to keep someone away from somebody else."
The Reds could have kept Dunn for the rest of the year and gotten draft picks had he left the team as a free agent.
But in order for that to happen, the Reds would have had to offer Dunn arbitration. In that instance, Dunn could have accepted the Reds' offer and he would have been back on the roster, and eligible for a big one-year contract.
Miller said the Dunn trade to Arizona was preferable because the Reds got the players they wanted.
"We felt this was a good deal," Miller said. "We got three quality players."
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Griffey, Dunn money won't cover everything
By trading Ken Griffey Jr. and Adam Dunn, it would seem the Reds now have plenty of money to spend on free agents for next season.
Dunn is making $13 million this year, and Griffey is making $12.5 million, but that doesn't mean the Reds now have $25.5 million in payroll to play with. Why? Raises to players under contract will eat almost $15 million next season.
Closer Francisco Cordero goes from $8.5 million to $12 million.
Starter Aaron Harang goes from $6.75 million to $11 million.
Starter Bronson Arroyo goes from $6.3 million to $9.5 million.
Infielder Brandon Phillips goes from $2.75 million to $4.75 million.
Utility player Ryan Freel goes from $3 million to $4 million.
Bob Castellini, the Reds' chief executive officer, said the team will probably pursue a free agent.
But the free agent class is underwhelming. Philadelphia left fielder Pat Burrell is probably the top outfielder on the list.
"A lot depends on who's available," GM Walt Jocketty said over the weekend. "The free agent list isn't great. We'll see who's available in trade."
Searching for OF help in the offseason
The outfielders (with their Opening Day 2009 ages) eligible for free agency after the 2008 season:
Moises Alou (42)
Garret Anderson* (37)
Milton Bradley (31)
Emil Brown (34)
Pat Burrell (32)
Adam Dunn (29)
Cliff Floyd* (36)
Luis Gonzalez (41)
Raul Ibanez (36)
Kevin Mench (31)
Jason Michaels* (32)
Craig Monroe (32)
Jay Payton (36)
Wily Mo Pena* (27)
Manny Ramirez* (36)
Juan Rivera (29)
Rocco Baldelli (27)
Mike Cameron* (36)
Jim Edmonds (38)
Mark Kotsay (33)
Corey Patterson (29)
Bobby Abreu (35)
Casey Blake (35)
Cliff Floyd* (36)
Brian Giles* (38)
Ken Griffey Jr.* (39)
Vladimir Guerrero* (33)
Bobby Kielty (32)
Brad Wilkerson (31)
* Club option for 2009