Nationals, Dunn Talking Extension

Having already drafted Bryce Harper and debuted Stephen Strasburg this week, the Nationals keep the good news coming. Adam Dunn says that he and his agent have begun discussing a possible contract extension with the Nationals, reports MLB.com's Bill Ladson. Talks between the team and agent Greg Genske were "cordial," according to Dunn, though no dollar figures were discussed.

There had been some speculation this year that if the Nationals once again fell out of contention, Dunn could be a trade chip. He's in the final year of a two-year, $20MM contract, and would be a valuable commodity on the trade market, given all the teams in need of an offensive boost. However, in the past few weeks, we've heard from both Jayson Stark and Ken Rosenthal that it's increasingly likely Dunn remains a National past this season, a scenario the slugger confirmed to Ladson:

"The Nationals know how I feel about this place. I hope that something can be worked out. Again, I'm not in any hurry. It's probably No. 10 on my list of things to worry about."

After posting a career-high in batting average (.267) in his first year in Washington, Dunn has improved it again this season, hitting .280/.378/.541 with 11 homers so far in 2010.


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29 Comments on "Nationals, Dunn Talking Extension"


Guest
5 years 28 days ago

But the real question is does he still clog the bases?

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mrsjohnmiltonrocks
5 years 28 days ago

I like Adam Dunn for the Nationals. It gives them a nice one-two punch at 3 and 4 in the line up. Even nicer that one swings right and one swings left. As long as he’s playing at first base, otherwise, I’d have to reconsider.

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5 years 28 days ago

I think the issue will be years not dollars, after Philly gave away the store I doubt Dunn will sign for what the Nats will (and should) offer. 2 years $30M should get it done, but I’m betting Dunn is looking for something more like 5 years $75M and that’s just a stupid move for a NL team…

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souldrummer
5 years 27 days ago

Dunn is crazy to think that his value has gone up that much. Adrian Gonzalez, Pujols, and Fielder are also on the market. He was 2 years 20Mil last time around when he was pretty much the only game in town after Texeira. Let’s give him an extra year and some more dollars and hope it works out.

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souldrummer
5 years 27 days ago

Dunn is crazy to think that his value has gone up that much. Adrian Gonzalez, Pujols, and Fielder are also on the market. He was 2 years 20Mil last time around when he was pretty much the only game in town after Texeira. Let’s give him an extra year and some more dollars and hope it works out.

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foxtown
5 years 28 days ago

I didn’t know you could get paid $10 mil per year when your career high batting average is .267. Sign me up.

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R_y_a_n
5 years 28 days ago

He isn’t deserving of 10 mil by any means, but consider that he has always had a high OBP and high slugging…average doesn’t completely make a player.

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Devern Hansack
5 years 28 days ago

…because we all know that batting average is the best way to measure productivity…

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drumzalicious
5 years 27 days ago

When you throw up 40 HRs let me know

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drumzalicious
5 years 27 days ago

When you throw up 40 HRs let me know

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invader3k
5 years 27 days ago

Dunn is one of the most underrated players in the game.

Yes, he’ll strike out over 100 times a season, but he draws a ton of walks, carries a high OBP, and is pretty much guaranteed to sock 40 homers a season. His defensive liabilities have been minimized with being moved to 1B. Seems like a pretty good value to me.

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rayking
5 years 27 days ago

Excellent points. If the Nats can get him for 2 years for $25 mil, it’s a win-win for both parties in my opinion.

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souldrummer
5 years 27 days ago

The strikeouts have been conspicuous at times, and you wish there was some defensive swing so that some of his strikeouts didn’t occur with runners in scoring position. Dunn is a liability late in games sometimes because teams bring in their LOOGY and he can’t make contact to have productive outs. His power is probably going to be more like 30-35 homeruns as well in more spacious Nats park than at the GABP. That said, I’m a fan of Dunn as well. I think both parties need each other. Dunn would be a better fit in the AL for a team like the Red Sox but he doesn’t want to DH. The Nats don’t have many other options. They should be able to work something out.

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souldrummer
5 years 27 days ago

The strikeouts have been conspicuous at times, and you wish there was some defensive swing so that some of his strikeouts didn’t occur with runners in scoring position. Dunn is a liability late in games sometimes because teams bring in their LOOGY and he can’t make contact to have productive outs. His power is probably going to be more like 30-35 homeruns as well in more spacious Nats park than at the GABP. That said, I’m a fan of Dunn as well. I think both parties need each other. Dunn would be a better fit in the AL for a team like the Red Sox but he doesn’t want to DH. The Nats don’t have many other options. They should be able to work something out.