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The Market for Adam Dunn - Could he be a Royal?

According to this MLBTR link-story Adam Dunn might be available at a sweet rate. I mentioned earlier that he might sign with the Royals if they offered a 3/30 contract. I don't know, but maybe this is realistic. The obvious problem, the Royals supposedly don't have $10M extra to spend this year. But why not? Glass has the money. He could raise the payroll by $10M next year. It might mean he would lose a few million in 2009, but hell, he has raked in tens of millions of profit over the last decade so I am not going to get all upset about Glass taking a short term loss to improve the team. Another option, the Phillies are looking for right handed offense. They are one of the few teams Guillen hasn't alienated yet (I think). So maybe the Royals could eat $7M of Guillen's contract in each of the next two years and give him to Philadelphia. This would free up $5M a year. If Dunn takes a back loaded contract, say $8M/$8M/$14M swapping Guillen for Dunn would in effect only cost the Royals $3M during each of the next two years. And in 2011 when he is owed $14M the Guillen obligation will be gone. Or, the Royals could trade Teahen or Jacobs for prospects. This would free up about $3.5M apiece. I think Dunn helps the team out a lot more than do Teahen and Jacobs. The point I am making is that the Royals have an opportunity here and I hope Glass and Moore see that and seize it. Significant improvement is possible provided the management shows some courage and willpower. Dunn NOW!

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