August 12, 2008
I understand why the Diamondbacks wanted Adam Dunn wrote East Valley Tribune columnist Scott Bordrow. He's the clean-up hitter they haven't had in years, the batter that will strike fear into opposing pitchers and give Conor Jackson and Mark Reynolds better pitches to hit. Sure, Dunn will strike out a lot — in that regard, he fits right in with his new teammates — but he also has 32 homers and 80 walks. He will get on base. What I can't figure out is where Dunn is going to play.
He'll start in right field, but what happens when Justin Upton comes back? Is the deal possibly a sign that the Diamondbacks don't believe Upton can help them this season?
Dunn could play left field but that would mean moving Jackson to first and then benching Chad Tracy.
Dunn at first base? Again, that puts Tracy on the bench. I've even heard suggestions that with Orlando Hudson out for the year, the Diamondbacks could move Mark Reynolds to second, Tracy to third, Jackson back to first and put Dunn in left field.
Yeah, that makes sense. Weaken the team defensively at four different positions.
My guess: Dunn stays in right and occasionally spells Tracy at first when the Diamondbacks decide to give Upton a start. I don't think the organization is down on Upton. But given the way he struggled after the first month of the season, I'm guessing the Diamondbacks don't want to have to count on him in a pennant race.