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Adam Dunn says 'nothing going on' in contract extension talks with Nationals

Apr 21, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

During spring training Adam Dunn made it clear that he wants to remain with the Nationals long term, but he recently admitted that there’s “nothing going on” with contract extension negotiations.
Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post writes that the two sides “are seemingly at a momentary standstill” while “Dunn still believes a deal could be struck before the end of the season.”
Complicating matters is that Dunn is off to a 7-for-43 (.163) start with just one homer through 14 games, which will inevitably lead to fans and media members questioning whether the contract situation is hurting his performance. Dunn isn’t having any of that:

That’s not why I’m not hitting the ball like I’m not supposed to, I promise you. I don’t control that. That’s out of my hands. I can only control one thing. I’m not going worry about [stuff] that I can’t control. It’s probably No. 50 on my list of things to worry about right now. I’m not worried about that at all.

Incidentally, if negotiating a contract extension that would no doubt be in excess of $20 million is truly 50th on Dunn’s “list of things to worry about” then he sure does have a ton of important stuff to worry about. I suppose earning $50 million by age 30 will do that to a person.

  1. jwb - Apr 21, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    I think the Nats are waiting to see if his 1B defense can improve from “Execrable” to “Lousy But We Can Live With It” by the trade deadline.

  2. JBerardi - Apr 21, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    Attention Nats: you have a DH on your roster and you play in this NL. Just trade the poor bastard already. Honestly, how comlicated is this?

  3. Big Harold - Apr 21, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    Why a National league team would sign Dunn is beyond comprehension. His defense is awful. On the other hand, why the Red Sox aren’t looking to sign him to replace Ortiz is a mystery too. This is the bat the Red Sox need and he was born to be a DH.

  4. BC - Apr 21, 2010 at 2:51 PM

    You gotta figure Boston, Seattle or maybe Anaheim would be a good landing spot for him.
    Boston should drop Papi, DH Lowell heavily because a) he can still hit and b) they could flip him at the deadline and plug in Dunn.

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