Check out the stats here: http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/6763
Adam Dunn is one of my favorite baseball players. I like guys who either hit home runs or strike out. That pretty much sums up Dunn, a 21st century Rob Deer. But if you're a major league general manage, you're not trying to keep me entertained, you're trying to get to the playoffs. So columnists weigh in on the issue, mostly commenting on his strikeouts or home runs. But which stat is more important?
There are new, trendy stats like VORP (value over replacement player). According to Baseball Prospectus, Dunn is 44th out of 753 ranked players. To compare, likely All Star Carlos Lee (El Caballo!!!!) is ranked 71st.
That being said, he hits a LOT worse away from the Great American Ballpark (home of the Cincinnati Reds). If you're trading for him, you better be the Pirates GM. I think he'll do worse post trade, especially if he goes to the American League. (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/6763/splits;_ylt=Av6i_I4nZx3xj5Vm4bPEugqFCLcF)
Maybe he is better than Rob Deer. If I needed someone to get me in the playoffs, I'd get him (he produces more runs than the average player). But in the playoffs, his high strikeout rate would be a liability (remember, pitchers on playoff teams tend to be better than pitchers on inferior teams). I wouldn't take him (I wouldn't want a high strikeout player in my lineup).