Since the beginning of the 2004 season, Adam Dunn's 272 home runs rank second only to the 279 long balls hit by Albert Pujols
Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reported earlier today that the Giants were not awarded the claim on Nationals slugger Adam Dunn. Further, Schulman speculated that the winning claim on Dunn was made by none other than the Dodgers:
My speculation on who got the waiver claim, and you can call this an educated guess based on some things I heard around the league: It was the Dodgers.
Lest we think Dunn is another Jon Garland, who switched dugouts at Dodger Stadium last August after his acquisition from Arizona, it is highly likely that the Nationals will simply pull Dunn back off waivers. Per Schulman:
I don't think they were going to let him go on a waiver claim or deal him, unless they were wowed by what the claiming team offered them.
Most likely, a Dodger waiver claim on Dunn, if true, was made to block the several teams ahead of them in the wild card race. If Dunn and his entire salary ($12 million for 2010) were to move today, his new team would be on the hook for roughly $3,868,852.
On the field, tonight's game woulda, coulda, shoulda been a dream matchup of Clayton Kershaw and Stephen Strasburg, but with the recent disabled list stint for Strasburg, the Dodgers will miss the phenom this weekend. Instead, the Dodgers face John Lannan, who was demoted to the minors in June but is making his second start since returning to the big club last week.
Over on SB Nation Los Angeles, I set the bar low for Brad Ausmus and A.J. Ellis, providing the stats for the 2004 catching trio of Brent Mayne, David Ross, and Tom Wilson over the final 61 games (after the Paul LoDuca trade): .169/.256/.212 with two doubles, two home runs, 14 runs, and 13 RBI.
If you have any extra baseball or softball equipment lying around the house, you can bring it to Dodger Stadium this weekend. From the team:
Tomorrow will be the first day of the Dodgers Dream Foundation’s annual Baseball Tomorrow Fund Equipment Drive. The drive will run through Sunday and fans can drop off new and used baseball and softball equipment at all entrances to the stadium. The equipment will be donated to the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation & Parks, which provides baseball and softball programs to 20,000 children in the Los Angeles community.
Get your guesses in for Xeifrank's game simulation here.
Game Time: 7:10 p.m.
TV: Prime Ticket