The Reds continued to retool their roster on Monday by pulling off a surprising trade, sending outfielder Adam Dunn to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for three prospects.
Dunn, who is currently tied for the major-league lead in homeruns with 32, will provide some much-needed pop for the Diamondbacks. Reports say that he could be moved to right field. That is a a scary proposition, but it is a risk that Arizona apparently is willing take.
In exchange for Dunn, Cincinnati will receive minor league pitcher Dallas Buck and two other players to be named later, according to ESPN.com.
Buck, 24, this season went 1-4 with a 3.94 ERA in 9 games and 8 starts with Class A South Bend. Last Monday he was promoted to High Class A Visalia and made one appearance, pitching 5.0 shutout innings Thursday vs San Jose. He will be assigned to Class A Sarasota.
Dunn was sent to be a free agent at season's end and apparently the two sides didn't feel they were in each other's future. The Reds technically could still attempt to bring him back in the off-season, but it seems less unlikely now.
The move comes just 10 games after the team dealt Ken Griffey Jr. to the White Sox. The Reds have gone 1-9 since then and now without Dunn in the line-up the team is looking pretty weak. Cincinnati is currently 19 1/2 games behind the Cubs in the NL Central at sit 15 games under .500 at 52-67. It's not too far fetched to think that the Reds could be headed for a 100-loss season. As it stands, they are staring at their eight straight losing season.
Had the Reds not traded Dunn, they could have been rewarded two high draft picks next year if they at least offered him arbritration.
Dunn is frustrating. He is a defensive liability and is naturally lackadaisical. Still, he is a mortal lock for 40 HRs for every season. No player in MLB has more homeruns or walks over the past five years.
The Reds are expected to make a 25-man roster move prior to Tuesday's game. The real question is who the heck is in the outfield for the rest of this season?
Jay Bruce, Corey Patterson, and Jolbert Cabrera are not going to cut it.