Posts Tagged ‘Adam Dunn’

Nationals sign Jayson Werth, but they should have kept Adam Dunn

December 6, 2010

 

Adam Dunn plays first base as Stephen Strasburg pitches for the Nationals last summer. Photo by Mike Frandsen.

The Washington Nationals signed free agent outfielder Jayson Werth to a seven-year, $126 million deal Sunday, a contract that is the 13th-largest in major league history and will end when Werth is 38.

Werth hit 27 home runs and drove in 85 runs last year for the Philadelphia Phillies.  He also hit .296, stole 54 bases, and had a National League-leading 46 doubles for the NL East division champs.  The Nationals had to overpay Werth to attract him to Washington, which has averaged 99 losses the past three seasons.

The move comes after the Nationals refused to resign slugger Adam Dunn to a four-year contract and allowed him to sign with the Chicago White Sox for four years and $56 million.  Washington offered Dunn a three-year deal and $35 million at the end of the 2010 season.

Dunn was a consistent power hitter during his two seasons with the Nationals, hitting 38 home runs each season with 105 and 103 runs batted in.  Dunn has more home runs over the past decade (354) than all but three major league players and hit 38 homers or more in each of the last eight seasons.

Werth is a good player, but the Nats should have kept Dunn.

For a franchise that has never had a winning season, struggled with mediocre attendance, plays games on a TV station that has no programming at all during certain times of the day, and features a vacant lot full of broken concrete instead of restaurants and bars across from its stadium, the Nats haven’t catered much to the wishes of the fans, who clearly wanted Dunn to stay.  Dunn wanted to remain a Nat as well.

Dunn will continue to chew gum, blow bubbles and use his relaxed swing to slam colossal home runs over the fence, but it will be in Chicago, not Washington.  Meanwhile, Werth will try to prove he is worth the Nats’ investment.

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Stephen Strasburg strikes out 7, Willingham and Zimmerman homer as Nationals beat Diamondbacks 5-3

August 17, 2010

Stephen Strasburg struck out seven batters in five innings and the Nationals came back from a 3-1 deficit to overtake the Arizona Diamondbacks, 5-3.

Strasburg pitched well after his first bad performance of the season five days ago when he gave up six runs to Florida, and Josh Willingham and Ryan Zimmerman homered for Washington.

Strasburg didn’t get the victory, though, because of an error he committed in the second inning.

After giving up a solo home run to Adam LaRoche, Strasburg took a lightly hit ball by Stephen Drew and threw it over the outstretched arm of the 6-6 Adam Dunn. That allowed Mark Reynolds to score from first while Drew made it all the way to third. Gerardo Parra hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Drew, and the Diamondbacks led 3-0.

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Ryan Zimmerman’s walk-off home run leads Washington Nationals over Philadelphia Phillies, 7-5

August 2, 2010

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=ryan+zimmerman&iid=5396560″ src=”http://view4.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/5396560/mlb-chicago-cubs/mlb-chicago-cubs.jpg?size=500&imageId=5396560″ width=”234″ height=”301″ /]Ryan Zimmerman hit a dramatic walk-off home run to give the Nationals a 7-5 win over the Philadelphia Phillies Saturday in front of 38,049 fans at Nationals Park.

In the ninth inning, Zimmerman slammed a Brad Lidge pitch 430 feet over the centerfield wall with Michael Morse and Adam Kennedy on base, erasing the Phillies’ 5-4 lead. As soon as Zimmerman hit the ball, he knew it was over the fence, starting a slow jog, watching as the ball left the field. Zimmerman then threw his batting helmet into the mob of teammates waiting for him at home.

In the past week, Adam Dunn has dominated the headlines for being the subject of a possible trade. Saturday’s trade deadline came and went, and Dunn remains a National. Against the Phillies, it was as if Zimmerman said, “Hey, don’t forget about me!” (By the way, who is that Strasburg guy again?)

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Washington Nationals keep slugger Adam Dunn, trade Guzman, Capps for prospects

August 2, 2010

Adam Dunn, one of the best home run hitters in the major leagues, will remain a Washington National.

The trade deadline has come and gone, and Adam Dunn will continue to hit home runs for the Washington Nationals, possibly even tonight against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park. The slugger, who was sought by several teams, will remain with the Nats until at least the end of the season.

The Nats had already traded infielder Cristian Guzman Friday and closer Matt Capps Thursday for prospects.

The New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, and Tampa Bay Devil Rays had reportedly been interested in Dunn, but the Nationals’ asking price was apparently too high.

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Nationals blow 5-1 lead, fall to Milwaukee Brewers 7-5 despite two homers by Michael Morse

July 24, 2010

The Nationals blew a 5-1 lead and wasted two home runs by Michael Morse as Washington fell to the Brewers, 7-5 at Miller Park in Milwaukee Friday.

The Nats gave starter Craig Stammen a 3-1 lead in the second inning when Michael Morse hit a three-run home run off Chris Narveson off the top of the left field wall. Earlier in the inning, Adam Dunn was hit by a pitch and Josh Willingham singled.

Morse hit a solo shot to left center field in the fourth inning, giving the Nats a 5-1 lead, five more runs than they gave Stammen in a loss last Sunday to Florida.

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Dunn hits 2 homers, Strasburg holds San Francisco to 3 hits as Nationals rout Giants, 8-1

July 10, 2010

Adam Dunn had another big game with two home runs and a double, and Stephen Strasburg (3-2) gave up just one run and three hits in six innings as the Nationals beat the San Francisco Giants, 8-1 Friday night in Washington.

For once, the Nats gave Strasburg decent run support, putting seven earned runs on the board against Giants starter Matt Cain (6-8).

Dunn’s first home run was a solo shot, one of his patented moonballs that he golfed to the right center field seats, giving the Nats a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning. In the sixth inning, Dunn narrowly missed another home run with a double off the top part of the wall. In the seventh, Dunn slammed his 22nd home run to center field, a 445-foot, two-run shot, tying him for the National League lead with Joey Votto of Cincinnati.

Strasburg got a rude awakening in the first inning before many of the 34,723 fans at Nationals Park even had a chance to sit down, when the first batter of the game, Andres Torres, hit a home run off a 97 mph fastball. Three other balls were hit hard to the outfield in the first inning off Strasburg, but they were right at Nats fielders.

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Strasmas in July: Fireworks by Rodriguez, Dunn in 9th spark Nationals’ comeback over Mets, 6-5

July 4, 2010

Pudge Rodriguez hit a walk-off single to right field to give the Nationals an improbable 6-5 come from behind win over the Mets Saturday.  Stephen Strasburg only gave up two runs in five innings, but once again the Nationals failed to give him much support – until well after after he exited the game.

The game-winning hit off Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez set off a wild celebration after Ryan Zimmerman crossed home plate. Then the Nats set off fireworks in front of what was left of a sellout crowd of 39,214 one day before the 4th of July.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Adam Dunn hit what appeared to be a home run to the right of the 402-foot sign in center field, but replays showed the ball hit the top of the fence and it was ruled a ground rule double, scoring two runs.

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