Ken Rosenthal: Teams should still consider trading for Dunn
The Rays might want Dunn – they contacted the Reds about him on Wednesday – but their preference is for a right-handed hitter such as the Pirates’ Jason Bay.
The Diamondbacks also made a run at Dunn, according to SI.com, but the interest from other clubs appears minimal, putting the Reds in a potentially tenuous position.
SI.com’s Jon Heyman: Updates as MLB trade deadline nears
The Rays appear to be adjusting to their new role as trade-deadline buyers … it appears that Adam Dunn may be their best shot. It is believed the Reds are seeking some of the Rays’ vaunted young pitching, including Jeff Niemann and Jeremy Hellickson.
Star-Ledger’s Dan Graziano: Should New York Mets pursuit of an outfielder be a Dunn deal?
Dunn is the man without a rumor. The Reds would deal him, but none of the teams out there looking for outfield help seem to be interested, and it’s one of the more confounding aspects of this year’s deadline.
Negatives include his astronomical strikeout totals and the perception (articulated last month publicly and somewhat embarrassingly by Toronto GM J.P. Ricciardi) that Dunn is a soft, unmotivated player who doesn’t come through in the clutch.