I just resisted two attempts at a cheesy pun with that headline (One Moore and Dunn, or something like that). Anyway, a few things for you this afternoon:
Potomac first baseman Tyler Moore was named the Carolina League Player of the Week for the second week in a row; he went 15-for-30 last week with five homers and 17 RBI. The Nationals drafted Moore three times from 2005-08, finally signing him after picking him in the 16th round in 2008.
And he’s been on an absolute tear at Single-A Potomac recently, hitting .548 with seven homers and a 1.286 slugging percentage in his last 10 games. No, that’s not OPS. That’s just slugging percentage. It’ll be interesting to see how long he’s at Potomac, particularly with Chris Marrero blocking him at Harrisburg - do the Nationals move both players up a level, or keep them where they are in the last five weeks of the minor league season? Either way, Moore - a right-hander who stands 6-foot-2 - is developing into a nice power bat in the minors.
In light of Moore’s success with the P-Nats, Byron Kerr talked with the first baseman recently. You can read his blog here for more from Moore.
Jayson Stark wrote early this afternoon about talks of a three-team deal between the Nationals, Diamondbacks and White Sox that would send Adam Dunn to Chicago, a handful of young pitchers to Arizona and Edwin Jackson here.
I wrote about the Nationals’ interest in Jackson back in June - on the night he threw his no-hitter, incidentally - and the connection makes some sense; the Nationals could take on Jackson’s $8.35 million salary next season, and he’d give them a power arm. But he’s got a history of wildness, and a high-priced pitcher with control issues doesn’t seem like enough of a return for Dunn, especially when the Diamondbacks are trying to shed salary.
Ken Rosenthal also refuted the three-way talks in a tweet a few seconds ago.
A few minor leaguers got promoted today - pitcher Brad Peacock and infielder Josh Johnson are going from Potomac to Double-A Harrisburg, and pitcher Adam Carr is headed from Potomac to Triple-A Syracuse.