While reports out of Chicago are saying that the Cubs are the team Adam Dunn would most like to sign with this winter, there's a new team that seems to have entered the Dunn sweepstakes. With the Cubs atop his list, and the Nationals, Mariners and Orioles also reportedly interested in the home run and walk machine, it seems that the Dodgers are now testing the waters.
According to Jayson Stark over at ESPN, the Dodgers contacted Dunn's agent Greg Genske during the holidays to gauge his interest in playing in Los Angeles. On the surface this move would make a lot of sense for the Dodgers. The team is probably getting tired of waiting for Manny Ramirez to either return to Los Angeles or sign with the Yankees -- the Steinbrenners are printing money as you read this -- and would like to figure out what kind of team they're going to have next season.
Considering that the Dodgers finished 14th in the National League in home runs last season, they could definitely use an infusion of power into their lineup, and Dunn would provide exactly that. He's hit 40 home runs in four straight seasons and his production could make up for the loss of Manny while his defense in left field is just as horrible.
Of course, the question here is whether or not the Dodgers are really interested in Dunn, or are they leaking word that they've contacted Dunn's agent in hopes that it will help spark a decision out of Ramirez.