Nationals outfielder Josh Willingham wants to stay with the club, writes Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. Willingham, who could make his first All-Star squad tomorrow, says that he would like to stay with the Nats for this season and beyond:
"I like it here a lot," the 31-year-old said. "I don't have control of where I go until I'm free agent, so I don't worry about it. But I'm really comfortable with the organization. I like everybody involved, teammates, everything."
Despite Willingham's fondness for playing in the nation's capital, the two parties have yet to even begin discussions on a contract extension. The left fielder will earn $4.6MM this season and is under team control for the 2011 season.
While the Nats don't seem eager to move Willingham, he continues to garner interest from around the majors. Earlier this week, it was reported that the Braves have interest in the outfielder as they seek a right-handed bat.
Back in April, Willingham's agent told Kilgore that his client would like to sign a multiyear deal with the Nationals.