Adam Dunn, acquired by the Athletics from the White Sox on Sunday afternoon, plans to retire after the season. Per ESPN Chicago’s Doug Padilla, Dunn said “this is probably going to be it,” with “it” referring to the end of his career. The DH added, “time to be a dad.”
Dunn, 34, is a 14-year major league veteran but has never appeared in the post-season. Assuming the Athletics don’t have a September meltdown, Dunn is likely to at least play in the American League Wild Card play-in game. Dunn has played for the Reds, Diamondbacks, Nationals, and White Sox.
In 435 plate appearances this season, Dunn has posted a .220/.340/.433 triple slash line along with 20 home runs and 54 RBI. He is currently 40 short of 500 career homers, ranking 36th on the all-time list.
The Padres may have some interest in acquiring Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, according to a recent report from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. It seems unlikely that the team would deal their starting third baseman with J.P. Crawford (fractured left hand) sidelined through July; to that end, however, they signed infielder Danny Espinosa as minor league depth on Friday and have reportedly been eying the Rangers’ Adrian Beltre, among other veteran options.
Franco, 25, entered Sunday batting .255/.297/.425 with nine home runs and a .721 OPS in 229 plate appearances this season. While he has yet to live up to the .280+ average, 1.9+ fWAR he posted during his rookie campaign, he’s been a solid 20+ home run producer over the last few years and shown some stability at the hot corner. He’s also under team control for the next three years and could provide some much-needed insurance behind the Padres’ current third base option, 27-year-old Christian Villanueva.
Rosenthal notes that the Phillies could strike a deal for one of San Diego’s relievers, though no one specific has been connected to the team yet — and the club probably wouldn’t be able to finesse a one-for-one deal given the quality of the Padres’ pitchers. The Phillies’ bullpen has looked downright abysmal over the last month, placing 11th-worst in the league with a collective 5.34 ERA and 0.3 fWAR. Their failure to procure a viable reliever beyond Seranthony Dominguez, Victor Arano and Edubray Ramos lends a certain urgency to any potential deal they make over the next few weeks, though the official trade deadline is still over a month away.