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  • Nobody wants Adam Dunn. Except Washington, for whom Dunn's primary purpose would be flagging down cabs for the rest of the outfield. The quote of the day comes from Agent, who took time away from his busy schedule of hanging out with Unnamed Source and High-Ranking AL Executive to answer a few questions:
    "I think Dunn will get a max of $5 million per year. Anything more than that and I'd be surprised."
    I think Agent is probably exaggerating (or maybe he's just a shitty agent) (Kenny Lofton's agent?), but the fact of the matter is that a market for Dunn simply hasn't developed, and it doesn't look like there's much demand in the cards for later on as more and more free agents find new homes. This one could get really interesting, and as long as Dunn is out there somewhere homeless and potentially cheap, there's no reason to even think about Griffey. No Griffey. No Griffey no Griffey no Griffey.

  • Aside from Dunn, the Mariners have kicked the tires on Nick Swisher and Xavier Nady. Zduriencik is clearly determined to find himself another bat, and I'm happy to see him exploring his options rather than taking the Bavasi approach and homing in on one player. Of the two, I'd prefer Swisher, but given that all we've heard is that the M's gave the Yankees a phone call, now is hardly the time to go into great detail.

  • We're looking at Craig Counsell and Rosenthal speculates that we're also open to dealing Aaron Heilman. Neither of these should come as much of a surprise. Counsell has Milwaukee ties and would fill the utility role that Zduriencik has tried to address, and Heilman is a new body who wants to start on a team with too many starters. On Counsell: he can still pick it at three positions and draws walks because he hates to swing, but power-wise, he's you. Were he to sign with Seattle, he'd basically be Willie Ballgame, only way less annoying. On Heilman: now doesn't strike me as the best time to sell, but if the team doesn't feel that he can be effective in relief, his value may not have much rebound potential. Trade rumors seemed to follow Heilman wherever he went with New York. I guess it makes sense that they'd follow him to Seattle. 

  • Between Felix Pie, Adam Jones, and Nick Markakis, Baltimore has put together one hell of a defensive outfield with loads of offensive upside. And Markakis is on the verge of signing a $66m/6yr extension. I can't believe I live in a world in which the Orioles have a clue. Too bad they're pretty much fucked for eternity.