Adam Dunn #32 of the Chicago White Sox hits his 22nd home run of the season, a two- run shot in the 7th inning, against the Baltimore Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field on July 2, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
With the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline long gone, the speculation and wait is on to see who will be placed on waivers and can be acquired with a waiver trade.
Target: Adam Dunn, 1B/DH, Chicago White Sox
OK, first off, here's how this process works. A player is placed on waivers and the process begins in reverse order of the standings for a team to claim said player. If a player is claimed, the claiming team has 72 hours to work out a trade with the player's team and would pick up the player's remaining salary, including any future salary on the contract. That's a basic waiver trade lesson, so let's get to Dunn.
If the Rangers are looking for a power bat to help ease the loss of their home run and RBI leader Nelson Cruz to the Biogenesis suspension, Dunn is a pretty great candidate. The one downside to Dunn is that he doesn't really have a defensive position and is pretty much a strict DH in the mold of Lance Berkman, except he's healthy.
The former UT quarterback commit has tremendous pop, as evidenced by his 26 homers and 68 RBIs. He's batting just .225 but has an on-base percentage of .330 with some great walk ability (he's led the league in free passes twice). By comparison, Nelson Cruz's final 2013 numbers were 27 homers and 76 RBIs with a better batting average but an identical .330 on-base percentage.
Dunn definitely has his flaws. He strikes out a lot and can't play defense, but he could give the Rangers a middle-of-the-order bat and could have a rejuvenation being back in Texas, his native state. He'd be owed the remainder of his $15 million for this season and another $15 million next year before hitting free agency and could probably be had for mid-level prospects.
The Rangers seem fairly content riding out the rest of the season with what they have offensively, but you have to believe Jon Daniels & Co. will make a push for one more bat before September gets here.