TRAVERSE CITY — A desire to play close to home led to a trade announced Tuesday that sent Traverse City ace pitcher Scott Dunn to the Washington Wild Things for All-Star infielder Jovan Rosa and a first round draft pick.
Dunn, the Frontier League’s Pitcher of the Year after posting a 15-1 record with a 2.60 ERA, asked to be traded closer to his hometown in Hookstown, Pa.. Washington is about 30 miles away.
"I don't know how many years I have left in me — I'd like to say forever — but age is a killer," Dunn said. "I was really thankful they (Beach Bums) helped me out as much as they did. I loved it up in Traverse City — great fan base, great coaching staff. They rode this out with me and they helped me get closer to home in what may be my last year."
Dunn said he called Jason Wuerfel, the Beach Bums director of baseball operations, about a month ago to discuss a trade. It wasn't the first time a deal had been brought up.
"Before last season he had expressed an interest in playing closer to home, but nothing could be worked out, for whatever reason," Beach Bums manager Gregg Langbehn said. "We understand. We get it. We're all away from home, away from our families. We did what we could to honor his request.
"We're very fond of Scott Dunn," Langbehn added. "He did some great things for us in four years. He became one of the best pitchers in the league. And he really learned how to pitch. He'd be quick to say that as well. We certainly wish him the best. We think we got a pretty good deal in return. This is value for value. Both sides win."