It’s no secret the Milwaukee Brewers are in desperate need of a first baseman after Corey Hart signed with the Seattle Mariners in free agency. After Hart missed the entire 2013 season with a knee injury, the Brewers failed to come up with a first baseman who could perform consistently. After failing to land one during the Winter Meetings, and no reliable free agent first baseman left, Milwaukee must acquire one in a trade.
That’s where slugger Adam Dunn enters the scene. The Brewers are not interested in signing anyone to a long-term deal at first because of the anticipation that prospect Hunter Morris will emerge in the next two years. That’s the exact reason why Milwaukee didn’t shell out $21 million over three years for James Loney.
I understand that Dunn is owed $15 million in 2014, which would defeat the purpose of the Brewers trying to save money. However, Milwaukee wouldn’t be expected to take on his entire salary next season if they did acquire him in a trade. Not to mention, the Brewers will be working very hard from now until Spring Training to remove Rickie Weeks’ unfortunate contract from the books. On top of that, Dunn would inject excitement into a fan base that is craving a winner, which means ticket sales would make the acquisition worth it.
Why is Dunn someone the Brewers must acquire? The 6’6”, 285-pound home run machine has a dismal .238 career batting average. On top of that, his .219 batting average last season was the best in three years, which really puts it into perspective. As bad as his batting average is though, Dunn still manages to get on base in the form of walks. In fact, he posted a .320 on-base percentage in 2013.
The biggest reason Milwaukee must make Dunn apart of the 2014 active roster is because of his power. The man crushed 75 home runs over the last two seasons, including 34 this year. He also has recorded 182 RBI in that span. The Brewers’ run production fell off last season due to the absence of Ryan Braun and Hart. Dunn will make sure that doesn’t happen again.
What it comes down to is giving the team a chance while keeping the fans happy. Dunn is someone that will do both. The reality is Milwaukee isn’t a team that needs to rebuild because they have several young players who are ready to make a difference in the big leagues. All the organization needs to do is add a couple more pieces to the mix.