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Nationals talking to Dunn's agent about extension

Mar 18, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said yesterday that he’s met with Adam Dunn’s agent about a contract extension since spring training started and described the talks as “amicable and upbeat”:

It’s something we think about all the time, and we’re discussing that. I hate to put any date restrictions on anything, because I don’t want to rush anything. I don’t want him to feel rushed, and we don’t want to feel rushed. If there’s a deal to be done here, we certainly have both sides that are willing participants.

Dunn is an impending free agent and has said previously that he doesn’t want contract talks to continue past Opening Day, but Ben Goessling of MASNSports.com suggests that the two sides could simply agree to the framework of a deal by then without making an official announcement.
Washington signed Dunn to a two-year, $20 million deal two winters ago and he hit .267/.398/.529 with 38 homers and 105 RBIs in 2009, topping 35 homers, 100 walks, and an .850 OPS for the sixth straight season. A similar contract seemingly makes sense because his value hasn’t changed since then, although perhaps the perception of his value has.

  1. Big Harold - Mar 18, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    I continue to be amazed that this guy is not a DH in the AL. I admit that I haven’t watched him play a lot but evreything I read and hear says this guys defense is terrible.
    Why the Nats would want him in the field is a mystery to me.

  2. Joey B - Mar 18, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    Take the picks Rizzo, take the picks.

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