Who claims a player on waivers is never disclosed, but Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle believes that Adam Dunn — who, not surprisingly, was claimed — was claimed by the Dodgers:
They were in perfect position in the standings to get the claim and had
good reason to do it. Face it, the Dodgers’ chances of winning the
division are slim, but there are a number of teams ahead of them in the
wild-card standings who could have used Dunn, particularly the Giants
On Twitter, Schulman speculated that there may have been some spite involved, with the Dodgers wanting to prevent the Giants from getting Dunn after Bruce Bochy called out Don Mattingly on that double mound visit a couple of weeks ago. Of course a way less wacko reason to do it would be to, you know, prevent a team you’re chasing from getting the best slugger in the league.
It’s all beside the point, though. The Nats will revoke waivers if they haven’t already. They’re not going to let Dunn walk like that. They’ll try to sign him first and, if not, will at least consider offering him arbitration and getting picks for him first.
Update (5:04 PM EST): The White Sox will receive pitchers Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, and Dane Dunning from the Nationals, per Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago. MLB Pipeline rated them No. 1, 3, and 6 in the Nationals’ minor league system.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Nationals are close to acquiring outfielder Adam Eaton from the White Sox. He notes that outfielder Victor Robles, the Nationals’ No. 2 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, is not included in the deal.
Eaton, 28, is signed to a very team-friendly contract. He’ll earn $4 million in 2017, $6 million in ’18, and $8.4 million in ’19. His controlling team then has a club option worth $9.5 million in 2020 with a $1.5 million buyout and a $10.5 million club option in ’21 with a $1.5 million buyout.
This past season, Eaton was worth 3.9 Wins Above Replacement according to Baseball Reference after playing significantly above-average defense while batting .284/.362/.428 with 14 home runs, 59 RBI, 91 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases in 706 plate appearances.
If the deal goes through, the Nationals would move Trea Turner from center field to shortstop. Meanwhile, the White Sox continue their teardown after trading Chris Sale to the Red Sox on Tuesday.
ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the Marlins have signed veteran catcher A.J. Ellis to a one-year, $2.5 million deal.
Ellis, 35, began the 2016 season with the Dodgers but went to the Phillies in the Carlos Ruiz trade near the end of August. Overall, he hit .216/.301/.298 in 196 plate appearances.
Ellis will back up J.T. Realmuto behind the dish.