Complete interview with Pags, and a look at Dunn

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Last week we ran the highlights of Fack Youk’s interview with Mike Pagliarulo. Matt, who does some damn fine work over there, asked Pags a ton more questions, and has the full interview up at FY. For some lunchtime reading, you can check out Part One, which mostly focuses on Pags’s days playing with the Yanks, and Part Two, which is more about Pags post-Yankees and post-playing days. Aside from his weak acquittal from the Igawa incident, I’d say it’s a good read.

If you, as I, enjoy the fine work at Fack Youk, you can also take a look at Matt’s recent look at Mike Dunn. The kid has promise for sure, though we’ve seen his weakness exposed from the get go. With two option years remaining, he’ll have time to work it out.

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  • Drew

    I liked the Bruney comps.

    Will Eiland and maybe a guy like Nardi work with Dunn this offseason, similar to Long With Robby this past winter?

    • Drew

      BTW, I know you can’t say yes or no, I just don’t remember if that is a typical happening in offseasons past.

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    That Pags answer on the Kei Igawa question is still priceless. A priceless steaming pile of B.S., that is.

    • jsbrendog

      you were expecting a ross ohlendorf type thesis?

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      I couldn’t even understand his answer. Following his answer was like listening to Fitzhume’s press conference.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Are there any Paraguayans here? No? (safe)

        • Andy In Sunny Daytona

          I can always count on you to do the heavy lifting.

          • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Well, genius is a pretty strong term, but, if you insist on using it, I can handle it.

  • Makavelli

    Better chance?

    Mike Dunn on the team for more than half the season next year OR Adam Dunn taking Matsui’s spot in the line up?

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Put me down for “neither”.

      Adam Dunn’s under contract. We would have possibly signed Adam Dunn were he a free agent. We’re not trading for Adam Dunn unless he’s dirt cheap (a/k/a “We’ll give you Eric Wordekemper and you kick in some salary”), and the Nats won’t move him for nothing, so this is all likely moot.

      I think Mike makes an appearance or two on the 2010 big club, but spends most of his year on the Scranton end of the Scranton shuttle.

      Adam Dunn spends April-July in Washington, and August and September on some undetermined third MLB team not named the New York Yankees.

      • Drew

        Yeah but Adam Dunn is versatile, he can play DH, First and RF!


      • A.D.

        Mike Dunn has Scranton Shuttle written all over him

    • Drew

      I have to figure it’s going to take Dunn some time to work through his control issues. Is half a season enough time? Probably not, I don’t think he’ll be up by July.

      I’m going to go with neither also.

      There’s a better shot that Matsui returns than Dunn taking his spot.

      Other needy teams will be willing to pony up for Dunn while we will not.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Other needy teams will be willing to pony up for Dunn while we will not.

        Yup. Dunn likely would cost more in prospects than he’s worth.


        I don’t think we’d be very happy if Cashman brought Adam Dunn here.


        • Bo

          Adam Dunn is under contract with Washington. Why in this day and age would they trade prospects for him?

          Have you not been following Cashman?

          Why in the world would you think this would be possible?

          • Drew

            Comprehension fail?

            • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              No, just standard Bo.

              He loves to talk shit but still can’t figure out the rather simple task of clicking on a reply button correctly.

    • Spaceman.Spiff

      The question is better chance so I’d have to say Mike Dunn on the team for more than half the season. But I’d say that’s pretty unlikely as well, I just think that Dunn taking Matsui’s spot is even more farfetched.

      • Tom Zig

        A man can dream can’t he?

        But I do realize the price would be prohibitive.

        Still can’t figure out why the Nats signed Dunn in the first place. He certainly was not their missing link.

        • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          A) They had money, might as well use it
          B) He hits homers and chicks dig the longball
          C) If the kids hit a hot streak, maybe they go on a Marlins-like roll and stay in the hunt, which puts butts in seats
          D) If the kids flounder, maybe you can flip Dunn for some useful pieces
          E) You’re not likely to have many other chances to get a good bat at reasonable rates than picking the scraps left at the end of the FA season

          See also: Allen Iverson to the Grizzlies

        • Drew

          Speaking of Dunn, he’s got about 20 games to get 5 more homeruns or that 40 hr streak is ova.

          • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Nats remaining slate:
            3 vs. Philly
            3 @ Florida
            3 @ Philly
            3 @ the Mets
            3 vs. LA
            3 vs. ATL
            3 vs. the Mets
            4 @ ATL

            I figure he can hit at least 75 homers in those 6 games against the Mets. He should be good.

            • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Seriously, though, he’s got 35 HR in 574 PA in 136 games.

              That’s 4.22 PA per game and 16.4 PA/HR. So, with 25 games left, if he plays every one that’s 105 PA and about 6-7 homers.

              If he ends up at EXACTLY 40 for the 5th year in a row, that would be freaky.

        • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          “Still can’t figure out why the Nats signed Dunn in the first place. He certainly was not their missing link.”

          We can’t kill bad teams for not spending money and then question why a bad team would spend money on a good player. They’re trying to get better and put butts in the seats, good for them. He’s a good investment.

          • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Plus, he’s The Big Donkey, and the Democrats control the White House and both branches of Congress. It’s a natural fit.

            • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              I can’t believe we all overlooked that part of it.

  • Rockdog

    BTW, on Mike Dunn, I know he has looked bad, but don’t forget that he is a converted outfielder. I suspect he pitches at AAA next year, but he has some upside as a hard throwing lefty, although it may take a while to get the control issues in check.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      The Yankee farm system turned two outfielders into hard throwing lefites (Dunn and WDLR).

      We suck at developing prospects. Absolutely atrocious, I tells ya.

      • Rockdog

        Yep. And if either of them turns into a serviceable lefty reliever, how much would that rock? (A lot, I say).

        • pat

          That would rock,dog!

          • rockdog