Dunn Doesn’t Think There Have Been Contract Talks

Nationals first baseman Adam Dunn doesn't think that there have been discussions about a contract extension between his agent and the club, writes Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post.  Dunn explained that he cannot be certain as he does not concern himself with contract matters.

Earlier today, Jayson Stark of ESPN.com wrote that someone familiar with the Nationals' way of thinking expects Adam Dunn to return to Washington in 2011, though not necessarily via an in-season extension.

Kilgore points out that Dunn's defense has improved this season, as evidenced by his -5.7 UZR/150.  This is a marked improvement over his career average UZR/150 of -19.8 at first base.  Meanwhile, after a slow start at the plate this season, Dunn is now hitting .231/.386/.484 with 5 HRs in 114 plate appearances.

Dunn, 30, is set to earn $12MM this season on the back end of a two-year, $20MM pact.