Adam Dunn and the Detroit Tigers could be close to striking a deal, one that would make Dunn wealthy again. Dunn and the Tigers have been in heavy negotiations that could possibly lead to him becoming their designated hitter for the next few years.
According to MLive.com, the first major priority for the Tigers was signing a middle reliever, and they accomplished that by signing Joaquin Benoit. Then the team apparently turned their attention to Dunn, and has been working on a deal that will reportedly extend for four years. That is great news for Tigers fans, and would give them an extremely potent middle-of-the-lineup, with Miguel Cabrera hitting in front of him.
According to ESPN, the going rate for Dunn, or at least the minimum bid for his services, is at about $40 million over three years. That would put a deal with the Tigers at around $50 to $55 million for the four years, and would net the slugger a very nice contract to come over to the American League. It might be a bit surprising that the Tigers have been so aggressive with going after Dunn, but he would be the perfect complement to that lineup if they are successful in wooing him.
Last year with the Washington Nationals, Dunn made a salary of $12 million to hit .260 with 38 home runs and 103 RBI. One of the big draws for Dunn has always been the number of walks he could net, and he drew 77 more in 2010. In the two years before that, he drew 116 and 122, respectively. Dunn has also hit 38 or more home runs for the last seven consecutive seasons, and while his batting average might be lower than ideal, his on-base percentage has always been stellar.
Dunn has continued to slide under the radar when it comes to great free agent pick-ups, especially with the “pop” that he could provide to the middle of any team’s lineup. Dunn in Detroit makes a lot of sense because they need more power in the middle of that lineup, and he could serve as a great designated hitter for several years to come. A change of scenery will also do him some good, because it had to be tough to be mired in that Nationals offense for the past two years.
Exact terms of a potential contract between Dunn and the Tigers haven’t been released, but this is definitely a guy Detroit wants to make sure they can get, even if they have to slightly over-pay to do it.