Trade Central: Struggling A’s Beef Up Lineup With Dunn


The Athletics have struggled to score since trading Yoenis Cespedes to the Red Sox for Jon Lester, so they acquired lefty slugger Adam Dunn from the White Sox for righander Nolan Sanburn.

Oakland ranks 20th in runs scored this month and its offense has sputtered, particularly in a crucial series with the Angels.

According to reports, Oakland will pay about $1.2 million of the remaining $2.5 million on Dunn’s $15 million contract, which expires at the end of this season. He originally signed a four-year, $56 million deal with the White Sox in December 2010.


Nolan Sanburn, rhp
Age: 22

An Athletics second-round pick in 2012, Sanburn had the potential to be one of the organization’s best pitching prospects, but he wasn’t healthy enough to show much since turning pro. He moved back to the bullpen this season after working as a starter in 2012 and part of 2013. A reliever at Arkansas, Sanburn signed as a draft-eligible sophomore in 2012 and has pitched just 120 in three seasons. When healthy, he has an electric fastball at 93-94 mph and can touch 96 with riding life. His curveball also shows impressive depth while coming in hard in the high 70s.

Club (League) Class W L ERA G SV IP H R ER HR BB SO
Stockton (CAL) HiA 3 1 3.28 42 6 71 78 29 26 6 25 73


Adam Dunn, dh
Age: 34 Bats: L

The slugger fits the A’s profile as a power hitter with the ability to work a walk. At 34, Dunn’s power is still largely intact, especially versus righthanders, against who he is slashing .232/.357/.457 with 18 homers this season.

Club (League) Class AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
Chicago (AL) MAJ .220 106 363 43 80 17 0 20 54 65 132 1 .340 .433