The Oakland A’s continue to sell the farm for a shot at the World Series, and they have done it again. This time they have acquired slugger Adam Dunn from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for right-handed minor league pitcher Nolan Sanburn and cash considerations.
In 106 games this season the 34 year-old lefty is batting .220 with 20 home runs and 54 RBI’s. 75 of those games he has been the designated hitter (DH) with a majority of the rest (22) at first base. Expect to see Adam Dunn provide the same exact service for the Oakland A’s.
So why bring in Adam Dunn?
Over the past few weeks Oakland’s offense has been incredibly inconsistent. They have only eclipsed five runs once in their last 10 games with an 8-2 victory against the Astros. In their current series against the Anaheim Angels the Oakland A’s have been shutout twice and scored just three runs in their last three games. So to say the offense is struggling is an understatement.
Minor leaguer Nolan Sanburn has been in Stockton pitching for the Ports in Single-A all season as a reliever. He has posted a 3-1 record along with a 3.28 ERA in 42 games so far. In total he’s thrown 71.1 innings. In 2012 and 2013 Baseball America had Sandburn ranked as the Oakland A’s #11 prospect. MLB.com currently has him ranked as Oakland’s #12 prospect.
This trade makes it seem like Billy Beane and the rest of the Oakland organization may have messed up when they traded Yoenis Cespedes. At the time it seemed great to add a fantastic arm to the starting rotation in Jon Lester, but many questioned whether too much was given up considering Cespedes’ youth and his ability with the bat.
Instead the A’s will have to settle for yet another rental. Adam Dunn will no doubt be thrown right into the heart of the lineup. Hopefully he can provide the offense and power that has been severely lacking for the better part of a few weeks now.