Notes: Dunn not shocked by trade talk
Cincinnati slugger's name being mentioned in trade rumors
CINCINNATI -- Adam Dunn will believe it when he sees it.The left fielder remained rather mellow on Tuesday on the heels of a rumor the Reds were seeking offers to trade him, which was first reported on Monday night. "You hear it every year," Dunn said. "I remember the first time I heard it, I think it was '02 or '03. I thought for sure I was getting traded just because I heard it. Then in '04, I heard it, '05 I heard it, '06 I heard it and '07 -- I'll hear it, and '08, '09." Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky declined to comment on the story. "I don't talk about rumors about any of our players," Krivsky said. The annual non-waiver trading deadline is July 31, so the Dunn rumor will be the first of many around the league in the coming weeks. With the Reds in last place, other clubs could start calling Krivsky should his team go into selling mode. "You hear from everybody," Dunn said of the rumor mill. "You go out to dinner and you hear it. You can't help but not to hear it." Any potential Dunn deal comes with complications. The 27-year-old is making $10.5 million this season, with a $13.5 million option for next season that carries a $500,000 buyout. However, the option is voided if Dunn is traded before 2008 and he would become a free agent. A team would likely have a negotiating window to work out a new deal with Dunn, or they could get him as a "rent-a-player" for the rest of 2007. That could limit suitors to big market clubs only. "Basically, that was some protection that if I did get traded, hopefully it would eliminate some places I wouldn't like to go," said Dunn of the two-year, $18.5 million contract he signed before last season. "I've said it from Day 1. I'd love to stay here. But I know how this game is and how this kind of thing works." Dunn entered Tuesday batting .250 with 15 home runs and 38 RBIs in 62 games this season.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.