Tom Verducci of SI.com shares the scoop …
The San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics are among teams interested in acquiring Chicago White Sox slugger Adam Dunn before the Monday deadline for postseason eligibility, two sources told SI.com. A potential trade may be Dunn’s final chance to experience postseason baseball.
ESPN’s Buster Olney adds the Dodgers to the mix.
Dunn has a no-trade clause, but he’s appeared in more career regular-season games without reaching the playoffs than any active major league player and the belief is that he would accept a deal to a contending team. The veteran slugger will turn 35 years old this winter and is in the final year of a four-year, $56 million contract with the White Sox. He has strongly hinted that he might retire once that deal is done.
Dunn is batting .220/.340/.433 with 20 home runs and 54 RBI in 106 games this season for Chicago.
UPDATE, 10:03 a.m. ET: A deal might be coming together quickly …
UPDATE, 10:05 a.m. ET: Olney now says the Giants are out. It sounds like Dunn is headed to Oakland.
UPDATE, 11:49 a.m. ET: Dunn has been traded to the A’s for minor league reliever Nolan Sanburn.
Angels DH Albert Pujols passed Mark McGwire for sole possession of 10th place on baseball’s all-time home run leaderboard, slugging his 584th career home run in the first inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Blue Jays.
Mike Trout had already slugged a solo home run off of Jays starter Marco Estrada to bring Pujols to the dish. Pujols jumped on an 0-1 cut fastball, sending it out to left-center field, clearing the fence by a few feet.
Pujols, who finished 4-for-4 with the homer and an RBI double, is batting .257/.321/.441 with 24 home runs and 99 RBI on the year. His next target on the home run leaderboard is Frank Robinson at 586.
Orioles closer Zach Britton had appeared in a major league record 43 consecutive games without allowing an earned run, spanning May 5 to August 22. That streak came to an end on Wednesday evening against the Nationals.
The Orioles entered the bottom of the ninth inning holding a 10-3 lead, but reliever Parker Bridwell immediately found himself in hot water. He yielded back-to-back singles to Danny Espinosa and Clint Robinson. He was able to strike out Trea Turner, but walked Jayson Werth to load the bases. Daniel Murphy then crushed his first career grand slam to make it a 10-7 game. That prompted manager Buck Showalter to bring in Britton.
Britton, too, was knocked around. He served up a single to Bryce Harper, followed by a double to Anthony Rendon that scored Harper, pushing the score to 10-8 and ending Britton’s streak. Wilson Ramos reached on a fielder’s choice back to Britton, but the lefty finally finished the game by getting Ryan Zimmerman to ground into a game-ending 4-6-3 double play.
Britton now holds a nice 0.69 ERA with 38 saves and a 61/16 K/BB ratio in 52 innings of work this season.