5) Adam Dunn, LF/1B, Cincinnati, 28: When Dunn Ã¢â‚¬â€œ on this list because he’s a free agent if he gets traded, and the Reds would benefit from what he could bring in return Ã¢â‚¬â€œ reaches 40 home runs, he will become the eighth player to have four consecutive 40-home seasons in his 20s. The others: Ralph Kiner, Duke Snider, Ernie Banks, Harmon Killebrew, Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez and Albert Pujols. Seven Hall of Famers. Not to say Dunn will join them in Cooperstown. Just that his power is rare and more than makes up for his contact and defensive deficiencies.
Projected contract: five years, $75 million
As Chad was saying recently, people spend too much time focusing on what Dunn doesn’t do and not enough on what he does do. He’s on track to become the first player in franchise history to his 40+ homers 4 years in a row. That’s pretty impressive for a franchise with as storied a history as the Reds have.