Giants, Dodgers, A’s among teams with interest in acquiring veteran slugger Adam Dunn

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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.

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UPDATE, 10:03 a.m. ET: A deal might be coming together quickly …

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UPDATE, 10:05 a.m. ET: Olney now says the Giants are out. It sounds like Dunn is headed to Oakland.

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UPDATE, 11:49 a.m. ET: Dunn has been traded to the A’s for minor league reliever Nolan Sanburn.

Steven Matz to skip next spring training start with elbow issues

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Mets’ left-hander Steven Matz will miss his Grapefruit League appearance on Monday after experiencing soreness in his left elbow, according to a report by Mike Puma of the New York Post. Matz reportedly first felt discomfort in his elbow on Wednesday after pitching four innings against the Marlins, but a medical evaluation revealed no structural damage.

Still, it’s unsettling news for the 25-year-old, who is coming off of an injury-riddled 2016 season. Matz pitched to a 3.40 ERA, 2.1 BB/9 and 8.8 SO/9 during his sophomore campaign with the Mets, but his success was hampered by a bevy of shoulder and elbow issues that culminated in season-ending surgery to remove bone spurs from his left elbow.

Comments from Mets’ GM Sandy Alderson indicated that while the club doesn’t believe anything is significantly wrong with Matz’s elbow this time around, the setback could have an impact on his chances of cracking the Opening Day roster. Until he’s cleared to return to the mound, the club is expected to take a longer look at rotation candidates Robert Gsellman, Zack Wheeler and Seth Lugo.

Video: Andrew Toles hammers grand slam in Cactus League win

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Dodgers’ left fielder Andrew Toles crushed his first spring training home run on Saturday afternoon. With the bases loaded and a two-run deficit hanging over their heads in the fourth inning, Toles stepped up to the plate against Oakland right-hander Jesse Hahn and unloaded a grand slam on the second pitch he saw.

Third baseman Justin Turner was quick to follow up with a solo jack of his own, bringing the score to a comfortable 7-4 lead by the end of the fourth. Another three-run outburst in the fifth and an eighth-inning RBI single by Austin Barnes raised the final score to 11-6… which, coincidentally, was the same score the Reds used to defeat the Athletics’ second split-squad lineup on Saturday (albeit with a few more RBI walks than grand slams).

Toles, 24, is approaching his sophomore season with the Dodgers in 2017. He slashed .314/.365/.505 with three home runs and an .870 OPS in his first major league season in 2016 and is expected to platoon with the right-handed Franklin Gutierrez in left field this year.