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Angels Also Have Interest In Dunn

The latest Ken Rosenthal report suggests that the Angels have Adam Dunn (as well as Bobby Abreu) on their radar, further diluting the odds that the free agent slugger signs with Washington. The Dodgers might also make a run at Dunn, depending on what happens with Manny Ramirez.

I spoke with a source yesterday -- somebody familiar with Dunn's thinking -- who said that the Nationals, as of now, are probably Dunn's "second or third choice."

And this comes as no surprise, really. If Dunn had felt some passionate desire to, you know, Get His Red On, he could have signed with the Nationals back during the Bush Administration. But even Washington's front office understands that it's unlikely to be the favored destination so long as pennant-ready teams are in the mix. Thus, the Nationals -- and Dunn -- are still waiting things out.

By Chico Harlan  |  February 7, 2009; 11:29 AM ET
 
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Taking assertive steps to sign Dunn, and "waiting things out" are two different strategies.

Call him up, knock his socks off with an offer, demonstrate to him that the Nats really do have a Plan for team success, and sign the guy.

Posted by: EdDC | February 7, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

The Nationals just don't seem that interested in Dunn.

Posted by: LarryBraverman | February 7, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I think the Nats are interested, and I have to believe that the contract they offered already has the loser's premium factored in. I just think it is also a question of what is good for this team in the long run? Okay, so as a loser, you are willing to go 4 years at 10 million per year for a guy who no one else will touch for more than 2 years at 7 million per. Kind of sets a standard that all subsequent free agents will seek from you.

What I think this illustrates is that in this newly minted era of rather pedestrian (relatively speaking) salaries for free agents, going to a winner is even more important to some guys. Maybe they can go to a winner for a year at a few mil, and then hit free agency again next year.

Posted by: Cavalier83 | February 7, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

personally, I think we should take whatever we offered to Dunn and offer the same to Bobby Abreu, and see who takes it first.

Dunn is starting to tick me off with this "anywhere but Washington" stuff.

It's obvious that he's desperate for any other team besides the Nationals to give him an offer, and if one does, he's going to take it regardless of how long and how much it is for.

it's almost time to cut bait on him.

Posted by: MrMadison | February 7, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

dunn is just not that into the nats.

er, I was hoping for this signing.

hm, maybe a high strike out power hitter isn't the key anyway.

pitching!

but, um...

Posted by: MalcolmYoung | February 7, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

From the previous thread - got new posted.
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Just back from a little side trip to Cot's site. For the record, the Washington Nationals are the ONLY team in MLB that have not signed any of their Arb-eligible players; there are 21 players remaining unsigned, Washington holds four of them.

Amazing.

Posted by: BinM | February 7, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

and please no on bobby abreu.

the yankees stank will take years to remove from the carpet.

maybe go for a middling (but hopeful!) season, and get a decent draft next year too.

long term view. they aren't going for the jugular this year, clearly. and thats ok, that would bankrupt us after that.

Posted by: MalcolmYoung | February 7, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

some of these free agents may end up holding out until a couple weeks into spring training too.

so, there's that.

Posted by: MalcolmYoung | February 7, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

@MrM:

You might be onto something there - post comparable deals to both players agents & see if one rises to the bait. In the meantime, ATL is looking for a corner OF bat, but has salary issues; Could be a trade partner...

Posted by: BinM | February 7, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

I'm inclined to agree with MrMad. If Dunn really doesn't want to be here, do we really want him here? (See Felipe Lopez; Luis Ayala.)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | February 7, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

"there are 21 players remaining unsigned, Washington holds four of them. Amazing."

Of course, two of those players came from Miami, and a third (Hill) was damn lucky to even be offered arbitration in the first place. So really, it's only one - Zimmerman. The Phillies haven't come to terms with Howard, the Marlins haven't come to terms with Uggla. So why is it so amazing that the Nats haven't yet come to terms with Zimmerman?

Posted by: nunof1 | February 7, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Boy the Expos have had a real agressive, fantastic offseason. They've signed................................................................................

Well, they did sign 4 former Orioles. That'll surely make 'em better. What's it say if the O's don't even want these clowns and the Nats pick 'em up.

What's next? The Nats signing Kevin Millar to man 1st base?


HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHHAHAHHAHHA

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | February 7, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Forgot to add, lets see.....

The O's lock up their star player for a long-term deal.

That Nat's do what with their star player? Can't even come to terms with him yet.

HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA.

Well, atleast football season starts up again in around 6 months or so.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | February 7, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

It's possible that Dunn is waiting for a decent offer from the Nats. Just saying.

Posted by: LarryBraverman | February 7, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

HAHAHAHHAHA.

If you had the chance to sign with either the Angels or the Nats who in their right mind would choose the Nats?

BWHAHAAHHAHAHAHAH.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | February 7, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

@nunof1:

The amazing thing to me is that the Nationals' haven't signed ANY of them. Every other team in MLB has come to agreements with at least one of their players, and 16 of 30 have managed to sign all their Arb-eligibles.

How in blazes can this team hope to sign a FA, when they can't even sign their own?

Posted by: BinM | February 7, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Chico, at this rate you won't even need Spring Training get your snark muscles into game shape.

What a great sentence.

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If Dunn had felt some passionate desire to, you know, Get His Red On, he could have signed with the Nationals back during the Bush Administration.

Posted by: JohninMpls | February 7, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

One week to Pitchers & Catchers in Viera - at least there's that to look forward to.

Posted by: BinM | February 7, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

"Get Your [Cincinnati] Red On!"

-Jim Bowden

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | February 7, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

The Nats are probably willing to pay decent money for Dunn, but are still hoping for a bargain. They may even top the field of offers right now. But surely, other teams will want a 40 HR, high on-base and 100 RBI guy, and the bidding will go up beyond the level the Nats are willing to pay. Dun knows he should wait for a better price, cuz he will get it.

That's why an aggressive offer now should be tried. The Nats will lose a bidding war, so a good (beyond-decent) offer now could prevent Dunn's price from taking off. Fortunately, the Nats have a small-market payroll, and it will get even lower (as Nick, Dmitri, Kearns enter their last year). There is lots of room for Dunn. The Nats' biggest power guy last year was Milledge at 14 HR and 61 RBI, pathetic numbers for your best power guy.

Dunn's signing will help with Zim, so it could be a two-for.

Posted by: EdDC | February 7, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | February 7, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Poopy, why'd you stop? Carpal tunnel, or ADD?

Posted by: nunof1 | February 7, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

How long do you guys think it's going to take for us to no longer be the complete laughingstock of the league? I'm thinking 6 years. Hopefully this kid Hood still has it when he's 25 or 26.

Posted by: RickFelt | February 7, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

@nunof1:

Maybe there's a numeric significance, but the O's were 'not-too-good' in '91.

He's actually a multi-blog troll (the non-de-plume shows up on RI as well).

Posted by: BinM | February 7, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

How long do you guys think it's going to take for us to no longer be the complete laughingstock of the league?
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Until the Lerner's either 1) install a respected GM, 2) spend some real money, or 3) all of the above.

Posted by: BinM | February 7, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

>> If Dunn had felt some passionate desire to, you know, Get His Red On, he could have signed with the Nationals back during the Bush Administration. <<

Chico, already in Spring Training shape!

Keep the snark coming!

Posted by: AshburnVA | February 7, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

He ran out of clever things to say.
*******

Poopy, why'd you stop? Carpal tunnel, or ADD?

Posted by: nunof1 | February 7, 2009 2:29 PM

Posted by: CEvansJr | February 7, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Mad, this doesn't sound like "anywhere but DC" to me.

"I spoke with a source yesterday -- somebody familiar with Dunn's thinking [Zimm?] -- who said that the Nationals, as of now, are probably Dunn's 'second or third choice.'"

Personally, I don't think he's coming here, either, or he would have signed by now, but I don't see that as a catastrophe. I'd rather have him than not, but they can finish last with or without him.

Posted by: CEvansJr | February 7, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

"the Nationals, as of now, are probably Dunn's 'second or third choice.'"

I know exactly how he feels.

Posted by: CEvansJr | February 7, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

New post. Also, it's rather curious that regular posters seem to be blocked out periodically while trolls can make multiple posts at will.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | February 7, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

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