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Adam Dunn's contract extension: No talks, and no worries

As the season turns one month old today, the Nationals and first baseman Adam Dunn have yet to make much progress toward a contract extension, something both sides said this spring they wanted to complete. Dunn had hoped to finish a deal by the end of spring training or early in the season, but he remains unconcerned and optimistic.

"I don't think there's any rush," Dunn said. "If it happens, great. If it doesn't happen this year, we have the whole offseason. I'm really not too concerned. I think it will get worked out eventually, and it will great. I'm really not worried about it.

"I don't think there has been any talks. I have no idea, because I don't even want to get involved in that stuff. I'm literally a third party in this. That's why you hire agents, and that's why Mike [Rizzo] and Stan [Kasten] do what they do. I just play, dude. That's all. I'm not worried about that at all."

On the field, Dunn has continued a largely smooth transition from the outfield to first base. While his range is below average, Dunn has proved adept at scooping low throws while his size makes him an ideal target for infielders. Dunn's UZR/150, according to FanGraphs.com, is -5.9, which represents a vast improvement from last season, when he finished last among first baseman.

"I'm having a lot of fun over there," Dunn said. "I'm really enjoying it. I've been playing a month, and I'm still getting better. I just like being involved in every play. I like the whole idea of being involved in the action."

After a season-opening slump, Dunn has recaptured his typical production. In the Nationals' last 13 games, Dunn has gone .292/.393./.667 in average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, hitting four home runs in 48 at-bats.

By Adam Kilgore  |  May 6, 2010; 6:29 PM ET
Categories:  Adam Dunn  
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