Posted by: portersprospectreport | August 12, 2008

Breaking News: Adam Dunn traded to Diamondbacks

"The Human Air Conditioner"

"The Human Air Conditioner"


The first major post-deadline deal has Cincinnati Reds OF Adam Dunn clearing waivers and heading to the Arizona Diamondbacks for RHP Dallas Buck and two prospects to be named later.  This deal bodes well for Arizona who are desperate for a power bat to help fend off the red hot Dodgers.  Let’s look at the market impact on the parties involved in the trade.

Adam Dunn

  • Dunn’s all or nothing approach at the plate has worn thin in Cincy, but I think that he will feel a little rejuvenation moving to a 1st place club.  Arizona’s dry air should provide a hitter-friendly environment similar to the launch pad at Cinergy.  I think that Dunn’s cards will see an initial bump in value (especially his ’99 chrome RC’s) if he has an early power surge.  As for the post season, I am skeptical of the D’Backs’ ability to fend off the red-hot Dodgers and the wild card will certainly not come from the NL West. 


Chris Dickerson

Looks like his cousin Eric Dickerson

Looks like his cousin Eric Dickerson

  • Wait a minute, Dickerson was not part of the deal…Chris Dickerson, just promoted from AAA today, is the replacement for Mr. Dunn.  Dickerson, 26, has had a solid season at Louisville hitting ..287 with 11 HR 53 RBI and 26 SB.  He walks a bunch and strikes out a bunch, but at 6-3 225 he has intriguing strength and athleticism.  The Reds seem to be in full-fledged rebuilding mode and Dickerson should get ample opportunities to determine whether or not he is ready to be a major league regular.  Dickerson has autographed RC’s in the 2006 Bowman Prospects and Bowman Sterling.  Currently, these cards can be had $4-6 each which could prove to be a bargain in the short term.


Dallas Buck

  • Currently, Buck’s only cards are in the 2008 Tristar products.  The former ’06 3rd round pick was pitching better than his 1-4 record at Low-A South Bend would indicate.  Buck is coming off of Tommy John surgery and seems adept at inducing groundballs.  The question mark with Buck is obvioulsy health.  When healthy he can hit 92-94 on his fastball and he has a solid slider and change to go with it.  His makeup and competitiveness is very good.  Watch to see how he finishes this season and if he can stay healthy and successful in AA next year.  At 23, he is not the brightest or youngest of prospects, but he is not someone to be completely ignored either.


Stay tuned for the other two prospects.  If they are of note, I will write about them.  My hunch is that they will be lower-ceiling add-ins…This just in, Micah Owings one of the players to be named later going to the Reds.

Micah Owings

  • Has struggled on the mound this season, earning a demotion to Tuscon earlier this week. A move to Cinergy doesn’t bode much better for him, but maybe it is what is needed to turn his season around.  Owings had a successful rookie season in ’07 and started hot this season going 4-0 in April but has lost his last 6 decisions over the months of June and July.  If you haven’t sold Owings’ cards by now….sorry.



  1. guess I’m kinda late to the party with this one, but it looks like Dunn didn’t do much for the D’backs after all…shame, that.

  2. Thanks for your post Sarah!

    I agree with you. Dunn’s low average, high power bat did not carry the D’Backs into the post season and with their loss last night, he can start making tee times for Oct. 2.

    Nice to see Joe Torre in the postseason wearing Dodger blue.

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