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Adam Dunn and the Nats are working on an extension

Sep 20, 2010, 11:02 AM EDT

Sanity is apparently prevailing in Washington as the team that can’t afford to lose one of the biggest bats in the game — the Nats — and the player who is on record as saying that he really wants to stay in Washington — Adam Dunn — are working to a contract extension, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. It’s not imminent or anything, but Dunn says “We’re going to work something out, I think.”

Much — maybe too much — has been made of Dunn’s defensive liabilities, but there’s not a more reliable power hitter in baseball. Sure, with Stephen Strasburg out all next year it’s not like 2011 is going to be that big step toward competitiveness the Nats were probably banking on. But you can’t punt the year either, and having Dunn in the fold will be make the Nationals a much more respectable team than they otherwise would have been.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 20, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    Here’s my question…why would Dunn sign now? Why not wait until Free Agency begins, since it is so late in the year? He’s a monster and some AL team will give him a bunch of cash to DH, wouldn’t they? He’s just 30 years old, and is better than Vlad, Abreu, Matsui and older guys like that who just took what they could after last year.

  2. Sumerduckman - Sep 20, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    He ( Dunn) has said on numerous occasions/interviews that he does not want to dh,
    his preference is to stay in the NL, and play in the field. His defense is improving as of late, made a couple of fine plays over the last few weeks.

  3. matt - Sep 20, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    Id be interested in seeing the average salary on this deal if it happens as compared to Ryan Howards $25 million/per year extension. Overpaid or not, thats what Howard got for 5 years and Dunn has to think he’s worth close to that but there’s no way he will likely get close to that.

  4. Old Gator - Sep 20, 2010 at 3:40 PM

    The “extension” that Dunn needs most would be an extra foot to each arm. Since he can’t move very fast, that would help him get to balls down the line and through that dead zone between him and the second baseman.

  5. Ari Collins - Sep 21, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    I gotta disagree with you on this one Craig. While Dunn’s one tool is a good one, power, is a good one, he’s not really that good at anything else. His OPS is never among the league leaders, and he has no defensive value. Negative defensive value, actually. He’s a good player, but not a great one, and, most importantly, the Nats are not going to compete over the life of his contract. They should have traded him, but moving forward, they’re still better off with the draft picks and $10+ million a year than 3-4 years of a couple extra wins a season (assuming no decline).

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