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Ryan Zimmerman is not happy the Nats lost Dunn

Dec 3, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

Ryan Zimmerman

Here’s Nats’ third baseman Ryan Zimmerman reflecting on Adam Dunn going to the Chisox:

“Knowing that we had one of the three top free agents on our team and we didn’t want to resign him, it’s frustrating for us as players. We’re not in the front office. We don’t make the decisions, and we don’t have to write the checks. But we’re getting to the point on our team where we’re supposed to wait it out, wait for the young guys, start doing some things and start making some moves. Not only are we ready for that, I think the fans are, as well. We’ve trusted the front office, and we still trust them. But we want to best possible team on the field … We’ve trusted their plan the whole time, and now it’s getting to that point where it’s time to do some things. We know we have a good young team, but we need a few pieces. Obviously, you’re not going to do all that in one season, but you can add a piece here and add a piece there.”

You can’t sign everyone, but I can’t for the life of me see why the Nats weren’t more interested in keeping Adam Dunn.  He seemed totally amenable to an extension last summer, and it would have been cheaper than the $56 million he’s taking from the Sox. Olney says that he may have gone three-years, $30 million.  Even if it was a bit higher, that’s still a bargain. At the very least they could have dealt him at the deadline and gotten some value for him.

Instead he’s walking for picks and the star young slugger is openly questioning the direction of the team. Just remember this when Zimmerman leaves via free agency in a couple of years and the Nats wonder why he won’t engage them in serious negotiations.

  1. Ari Collins - Dec 3, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    The real mistake wasn’t paying Dunn, it was failing to trade him. But 3/30, or even halfway between that and 4/56, would’ve been a good deal too, even for a non-contender.

    • Ari Collins - Dec 3, 2010 at 12:10 PM

      Wasn’t NOT paying Dunn, I should’ve said. Failed double negatives for the win.

  2. Old Gator - Dec 3, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    It wouldn’t surprise me if Zimmerman is already trying to punch a ticket out of Normal, you know? Then again, he may reconsider his intemperate words the first time he sees a first baseman actually snag a shot down the line and the batter trots back to the dugout instead of into second base.

    Now if Ryan has had enough of Washington (which would certainly distinguish him from the rest of us), I know a team, not far from here, that could use a real third baseman. But of course they’ve just blown what little budget they had on a bunch of very strange deals for a mediocre catcher and wannabe fourth starter, and Ryan would really have problems finding a decent Ethiopian restaurant.

  3. sosascork - Dec 3, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Hearing this just pumps up ths Chisox fans a little more!

  4. woodenulykteneau - Dec 3, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    Assuming, of course, that Dunn doesn’t turn out to be Mo Vaughn, part deux.

  5. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 3, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    Have fun being the only guy hitting homers for Washington, Ryan.

    I completely agree with him, by the way.

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