Sun Jun 22 09:08am EDT
If J.P. Ricciardi is not alone in his assessment, Adam Dunn might be in for a rude surprise in free agency this fall. Dunn has hit 40 home runs four years running, the only major leaguer to do so.
Ricciardi, the Blue Jays' general manager, has a Wednesday night radio show on Toronto's the Fan 590. The power-starved Jays are in last place in the AL East, and a caller asked Ricciardi on Wednesday why he had said he would not be interested in trading for Dunn. Keep in mind that the Dodgers' Ned Colletti and the Angels' Tony Reagins hear the same suggestion all the time, and not unjustifiably.
Instead of treading lightly, as most general managers do when asked about a player on another club, Ricciardi challenged the caller.
Ricciardi: "What do you know about Adam Dunn?"
Caller: "He's a great hitter. He's a power hitter. He's a ..."
Ricciardi, cutting him off: "He's a lifetime .230-.240 hitter that strikes out a ton and hits home runs."
Caller: "Yes, he hits home runs, which none of the Toronto Blue Jays are doing."
Ricciardi: "Do you know the guy doesn't really like baseball that much? Do you know the guy doesn't have a passion to play the game that much? . . . I don't think you'd be very happy if we brought Adam Dunn here. I think you'd be one of the guys calling me on Wednesday night complaining about all the deficiencies the guy has. We've done our homework on guys like Adam Dunn, and there's a reason why we don't want Adam Dunn."