Fred Dunlap, the star second baseman of the champion League club, is to be released. New York has offered $5000 for him. Dunlap has not been entirely satisfactory. It is alleged that recent events have shown that he has been the spirit of some strife in the team, and his reputation as a disorganizer has caused him all along to be held under suspicion by many of the players. Dunlap plays ball for the money there is in it, and is willing to go to New York. His present contract calls for $4500 a year, with an extra $1000 at the end of the season. Detroit paid $1000 for him two years ago, and he has done good work for them. When he broke his leg, however, and was retired for many weeks, it was seen that Richardson was just as good a man at second and that Dunlap was not essential to the club's success, as first supposed by some.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, October 26, 1887
In early November, Dunlap was sold to Pittsburgh for somewhere between $4000 and $5000 dollars.