Adam Dunn doesn't want extension talks to drag into the summer, but he doesn't have a deadline and would be open to continuing discussions once the season starts, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson. Dunn makes $12MM in the last year of the two-year $20MM deal he signed last offseason. He would like to work out an extension, but says he's flexible to a point.
"If we are close to getting something done and it drags on for a couple into the season, OK," Dunn said. "But I don't want it to drag on until the All-Star Break or things like that."
He'd prefer not to hear his name in trade rumors this summer, but hasn't given Nats GM Mike Rizzo a firm date by which the possible extension must be finalized.
"It's not a deadline," Dunn said. "There is progress being made, but I don't want distractions during the season."
Like Dunn, Rizzo doesn't see Opening Day as a hard, fast deadline for an extension. Rizzo characterized talks between the two sides as "amicable and upbeat" yesterday.