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Adam Dunn is getting close to writing off the Nats

Jul 13, 2010, 11:20 AM EST

Adam Dunn was really enthused about signing a contract extension with the Nats earlier this year, but that enthusiasm has waned, Buster Olney reports, as the Nats have been less eager and trade speculation has risen.

On that count, Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo has said that it would take “an extraordinary deal” to trade Dunn. But if Rizzo is that attached to Dunn, you’d think that Rizzo would be working harder to do an extension. Because unlike a lot of guys, Dunn might very well accept an arbitration offer if one is made at the end of the season. And of course, if an offer isn’t made, the Nats won’t get a draft pick or two if Dunn changes course and decides to sign with another team.

I guess I could see the Nats and Dunn sort of waltzing passive-aggressively into another year together, but it doesn’t make a ton of sense.  If I’m Rizzo and I’m not sold on extending Dunn, I trade him right now.

  1. BasicInstinct - Jul 13, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    He needs to be a DH for the Yankees, Texas, or Tampa

  2. Steve C - Jul 13, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    A Dunn to Texas deal would make sense. It would also be comical to see what kind of damage he could do in the Texas heat.
    The Angels would also be a good fit for him as Matsui has been a terrible DH and they could also use a first baseman.

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