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'Nothing going on' with Adam Dunn's extension

Adam Dunn said Monday that there is "nothing going on" in regards to his potential contract extension, but he remained optimistic about and detached from the process. During the spring, Dunn expressed his desire to not allow the negotiations to linger into the summer.

Still, even as he and the Nationals are seemingly at a momentary standstill two weeks into the year, Dunn still believes a deal could be struck before the end of the season. But it's not on his mind.

"There's always a chance," Dunn said. "It's probably No. 50 on my list of things to worry about right now. I'm not worried about that at all."

Dunn has started the season 7 for 39 (.179) with 13 walks and one home run. He knows he's not hitting as well as he can, and he also knows the looming contract situation is not the reason.

"That's not why I'm not hitting the ball like I'm not supposed to, I promise you," Dunn said. "I don't control that. That's out of my hands. I can only control one thing. I'm not going worry about [stuff] that I can't control."

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Ivan Rodriguez, leading the National League with a .450 batting average and seven doubles, will sit out Wednesday, Manager Jim Riggleman said. The Nationals will play at 4:35 p.m. Thursday, so although Rodriguez asked to play all seven games this week, Riggleman will try to keep Rodriguez fresh.

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The Rockies lineup:

1. Ryan Spilboroughs, LF
2. Dexter Fowler, CF
3. Todd Helton, 1B
4. Troy Tulowitzki, SS
5. Brad Hawpe, RF
6. Melvin Mora, 2B
7. Miguel Olivo, C
8. Ian Stewart, 3B
9. Jorge De La Rose, SP

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Olympic speedskater Apolo Ohno is at Nationals Park tonight to throw out the first pitch.

By Adam Kilgore  |  April 20, 2010; 6:35 PM ET
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Makes perfect sense that Pudge would sit Wednesday - Lannan's pitching.

Posted by: BinM | April 20, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Do you sign ADunn to an extension when he is one of the lightest hitting guys on the team right now?

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | April 20, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Could be wrong, but Dunn is starting to feel like Soriano -- they're not really that interested in signing him.

Posted by: markfromark | April 20, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Dunn's on a par to hit about 30 RBI's

Posted by: bobilly2 | April 20, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Adam Dudd still working on hitting HALF his weight....a pitcher's slugging %.....1 HR and 2 RBI's.....

Posted by: FletcherChristian1 | April 20, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

As time goes by, I'm becomming less and less concerned about whether Dunn gets a contract or not. And, why is he still batting fourth? He isn't exactly scaring anybody.

Posted by: Pete433 | April 21, 2010 6:31 AM | Report abuse

The arc of Dunn's career reached it's apex 2 seasons ago. He's now on the Big Poppy's all downhill from here.

Posted by: howjensen | April 21, 2010 6:50 AM | Report abuse

A lot of folks were barking when the Nats failed to sign Soriano to a long term deal a few years back. Hows that looking now?

Posted by: cokedispatch | April 21, 2010 7:18 AM | Report abuse

We're only 14 games into the season and people are giving up on Dunn? That's ridiculous. At the end of the season, he'll have his 35-40 HRs, lots of RBIs and a great on-base percentage. He's not a perfect player by any means, but he's someone the opposition has to account for in the middle of the lineup and gives great protection to Zimmerman in the three spot.

Posted by: VaNat | April 21, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Dunn's probably tired from playing 1st. He used to stand out in left and blow bubbles and thinking about his next AB. Now they make him work. They better re-sign him, because if they don't, they'll pull the same situation they have in RF by just promoting someone or moving someone over there, and it'll probably be an unmitigated disaster. But nobody thinks about that when they're taking pot shots at him. The team is cheap, and they're not gonna sign another home run hitter. Gay-ron-teed>

Posted by: Brue | April 21, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

We can expect Dunn to hit better than .179 the rest of the way, but we might see something well short of his typical season. I agree that cutting him makes no sense, but holding off on a long term deal might.

Posted by: KenNat | April 21, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

What's funny is half the good teams are looking for a guy that'll pop 40 regularly for them. The Nats have one and the fans think we should ship him out. So we can get prospects (or nothing) and then when we get good, we'll be looking for a 40 home run hitter (of which there'll only be 5 in the league, like always).

He's walking a ton, and it's 14 games into the season, and so far, I like him at first.

I say keep him.

Posted by: bflorhodes | April 21, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

People questionsing why Dunn is still batting 4th? Complaining about poor performance after about 50 AB's? Get real. The guys is a masher and has been amazingly predictable in his big production for years.

But, the Nats are not going to ink Dunn. Rizzo's banter to the contrary in the spring notwithstanding, it aint gonna happen. They'll trade him -- to Boston maybe (though Willingham may get there first) -- before the July deadline. There is no way that this ownership group makes a long term commitment to the guy. I think that unless they get some amazing haul for Dunn, that it is a bad idea to move him. He's about as reliable as anyone in terms of sluggers, he never gets hurt, he wants to be here and his price tag is not going to be in the Prince Fielder range though his capabilities are very similar.

Dunn is gone, Willingham may also be gone. IF they get great return on these guys, then great, but I am not sure whether Rizzo has the chops to get the right deals done. We'll see.

Posted by: dfh21 | April 21, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

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