5 Takeaways From Oakland Athletics' Trade For Adam Dunn

5 Takeaways From Oakland Athletics' Trade For Adam Dunn

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The Oakland Athletics traded the Chicago White Sox a minor league pitcher and some cash in exchange for veteran slugger Adam Dunn. The 34 year old has 460 home runs to his name throughout his 14-year career. The Athletics have struggled since the All-Star break, and despite their 78-58 record, other teams are closing the gap on their Wild Card spot. The Athletics need Dunn to produce power hitting for them now.

5. The Athletics Need Power In The Lineup

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5. The Athletics Need Power In The Lineup

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Dunn has hit less than 20 home runs a season in just three of his 14 years in the majors. He has 460 career long balls and the Athletics need him to bring that power to the West Coast. 3B Josh Donaldson is the best power hitter on the team right now and Dunn needs to step into a designated hitter role that supports Donaldson and the rest of the lineup.

4. The Athletics Miss Yoenis Cespedes

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4. The Athletics Miss Yoenis Cespedes

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The A's traded Yoenis Cespedes to the Boston Red Sox earlier this season in order to acquire pitcher Jon Lester. While Lester is a strong addition to the pitching staff, the A's miss Cespedes' bat in the lineup. Since being traded to the Red Sox, his batting average is up 20 points to .276.

3. Dunn Is Here To Boost The Lineup

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3. Dunn Is Here To Boost The Lineup

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The A's are 20 games over .500 largely due to a strong pitching staff. In the batting order, 3B Josh Donaldson has been a standout in 2014. His 26 home runs makeup for his .259 batting average. Outfielder Coco Crisp is also in need of improvement at the plate, hitting just .254 on the year. Even though Dunn is not the same consistent hitter that he once was, the A's need his power to boost the lineup in the immediate future.

2. The Athletics Are Making A Playoff Push

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2. The Athletics Are Making A Playoff Push

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Despite a strong record, the A's remain in second place in their division to the Los Angeles Angels. They are atop the Wild Card standings, but need to lock up their playoff birth before it's too late. Dunn is here to help make that happen. The team will need him to produce in the final weeks of the season and to bring his slugging ability into their playoff matchups.

1. The Athletics Are Interested In Some Short-Term Success

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1. The Athletics Are Interested In Some Short-Term Success

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Despite his ability to find talent where others do not, Billy Beane is also interested in winning a championship. Dunn may not be the same hitter that he used to be, but he does already have 20 home runs in 2014. His .220 batting average is nothing to fear, but his career speaks for itself. The A's are making a push to pack the lineup with as much power hitting as possible in the final weeks of the season.

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