The Oakland Athletics announced that they have acquired first baseman/designated hitter Adam Dunn and cash considerations from the Chicago White Sox today, in exchange for minor league pitcher Nolan Sanburn.
To complete the trade, Dunn waived his limited no-trade clause. The move before the end of August 31 makes Dunn eligible for the A's postseason roster, should they advance that far.
ESPN.com reports that the A's will pay half of Dunn's remaining $2,500,000 salary. The 34-year-old is considering retirement at the end of this season. Dunn leads active players with the most games without an appearance in the postseason, at 1,976.
There are a number of positives in a move for Dunn:
Dunn no savior, he's had a bad August, but they can use the 4ish HRs he'll give them but as important is sliding other players back to roles— Guy Haberman (@GuyHaberman) August 31, 2014
Adam Dunn has a 114 wRC+, which is the 69th-best mark in #MLB among qualifiers.— Beyond the Box Score (@BtBScore) August 31, 2014
Adam Dunn has a top-20 ISO (.212). That’s right in between Chris Davis and Josh Donaldson.— Beyond the Box Score (@BtBScore) August 31, 2014
His August, like the Athletics', gives cause for concern:
Adam Dunn’s monthly wRC+’s: March/April: 155 May: 104 June: 129 July: 118 August: 48— Beyond the Box Score (@BtBScore) August 31, 2014
Out of 279 hitters who have had 50+ plate appearances in August, Adam Dunn’s 48 wRC+ ranks as the 27th-worst mark in #MLB.— Beyond the Box Score (@BtBScore) August 31, 2014
It is unlikely that Dunn will be available for the Athletics for Sunday's game against the AL West-leading Los Angeles Angels, which begins at 12:35 PM Pacific Time, but he may be available to pinch-hit. There is no word on a corresponding 25- or 40-man roster move.
UPDATE (8:49 AM): The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reports that Adam Dunn will not join the club in Anaheim:
Adam Dunn will join #Athletics tomorrow in Oakland, I'm told.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) August 31, 2014