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Posted at 1:42 PM ET, 09/ 9/2010

Been there, Dunn that for the Nats?

By Aaron Morrissey

Next year's Nationals season is already shaping up to be a real bummer. First, no Strasburg. Now, Washington Post columnist Thomas Boswell seems pretty sure that first baseman Adam Dunn -- who the Nationals didn't trade this summer, though there were certainly suitors -- will not be returning to the club next year. Boswell says that the team has probably decided (though admittedly "[n]ot formally") against offering a new deal to the slugger, who has smashed 72 homers and knocked in 196 runs in the last two seasons in a Washington uniform, because the front office's vision of the future is "golden gloves or spectacular defensive range or powerful arms everywhere they look - and Dunn doesn't fit that model."

Fans of the Nationals will obviously think back to Alfonso Soriano's departure in 2006, when the Nationals refused to trade the popular star and ended up getting but supplemental draft picks in return when he left for Chicago via free agency.

The Nats' reasoning behind the move is frustrating, to say the least.

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Aaron Morrissey blogs at DCist. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By Aaron Morrissey  | September 9, 2010; 1:42 PM ET
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