The hot stove is on fire as we are now less than 24-hours away from the mid-season trading deadline.
Could this be the final night we see Adam Dunn in a Nationals uniform? It certainly sounds like it with the New York Yankees emerging as the favorites.
The Chicago White Sox were the leaders in the Dunn sweepstakes for quite some time, with several sources saying that they would have to give up the young right-hander, Daniel Hudson. Now, with Hudson an Arizona Diamondback, following a trade in which the White Sox acquired Edwin Jackson, Chicago may not have enough to “blow away” Nationals GM Mike Rizzo.
According to Hall of Fame baseball analyst Peter Gammons, many of the teams in the AL East are convinced that Dunn will land in the Bronx, where other reports are stating that the talks with the Yankees are dead, opening the door for the San Francisco Giants to begin negotiations.
At this point, I don’t know who to believe. It wouldn’t surprise me if a deal can’t get done by tomorrow, but with so much speculation in recent weeks and no new contract from the Nationals, Dunn would love to see this trade talk finally come to fruition. I think it comes down to the Yankees or Giants, with the Yanks finding a way to make it happen. I just can’t imagine Brian Cashman passing up the chance to acquire one of the leagues strongest hitters.