Reds left fielder Adam Dunn hit his 30th home run on Monday night, tying the Phillies' Ryan Howard for the major-league lead. His .941 OPS ranks ninth in the NL. And his defense, by most measures, has improved.If I'm Theo, I call up Jocketty right now and offer a straight-up Manny for Dunner deal. Manny is pro-rata $20M for the rest of the year with club options the Reds can decline. Dunn is $13M pro-rata, with a $500K buyout. If the money is an issue for the Reds, I'm sure Boston would throw a little their way to get the deal done. Dunn would have to approve -- he can list ten clubs to which he would accept a trade -- but I would sincerely hope he would approve a deal to the Red Sox for the chance at a ring, even if his long term future is with the Rangers or something.
Nobody wants him?
I guess the biggest question would be what's in it for the Reds -- they'd probably want to dump Dunn's salary entirely rather than replace it, even for just the rest of the year -- but let's not practicalities get in the way of what would be an amazingly cool trade.
Don't think it's cool? Picture Dunn playing the Monster. Oh, yeah, I told you it was cool.