Some comments left by readers, recently, at this blog have expressed that the Yankees should consider signing free agent Adam Dunn.
First, a disclosure. Back in 2000, when he was in the minors and playing for the Dayton Dragons, Adam Dunn autographed a baseball for me. So, yes, I have a spot for him in my heart because of that act of kindness.
However, that said, I don’t want him playing for the Yankees. Why? Here goes…
Over at FanGraphs.com they track a stat called “Clutch.” What’s that? “Clutch” is a measurement of how much better or worse a player does in high leverage situations than he would have done in a context neutral environment. Makes sense…right?
And, who was the worst in baseball last year in terms of “Clutch”? Why, it was none other than Alex Rodriguez who had a “Clutch” mark of -3.16 – that’s who. (Remember that the next time someone wants to discuss A-Rod’s 2008 numbers and the notion of “stat padding.”)
How about 2007? Who had the worst “Clutch” mark then? Curtis Granderson: -2.44
And, 2006? That would be Jason Bay: -2.15
2005? Shawn Green: -2.52
I think you get the idea here. Any “Clutch” mark that’s a negative number and moving away from negative-one is not a good thing. O.K., so, what does this have to do with Adam Dunn?
Check out Adam Dunn’s “Clutch” marks for the last three seasons:
In fact, since 2001, overall, Dunn has posted a “Clutch” mark of -1.34 (over 8 seasons).
By the way, A-Rod’s career “Clutch” to date? It’s -9.18…yikes.
Back to Dunn…add the truth that Adam Dunn is a butcher in left-field defensively to is batting woes. And, what do you have?
You’ve got a defensive liability who pads his stats in non-clutch situations. It’s like having the love-child from the union of Jason Giambi and Alex Rodriguez except the poor kid got nothing but the bad genes. And, do the Yankees really need to add that to their team, right now?