Mike Rizzo on the trade deadline, Adam Dunn's contract extension
General Manager Mike Rizzo said the Nationals could be either buyers or sellers between now and the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline and suggested he has the freedom to improve the team as he sees fit regardless of salaries involved.
"If there's a good deal to be made to acquire talent, we'll acquire it," Rizzo said this afternoon. "There's no marching orders to dump payroll or to add payroll. It's, 'What is a good deal for the Nationals in 2010 and beyond?' It's been a constant search. We're always looking to make a deal. Last year, we made a deal well before the trade deadline because there was a deal there to do.
"We're going to make a prudent deal for the Nationals long term. If that means buying, we would buy. If that means selling, we would sell. That hasn't changed since opening day."
Rizzo did not get into specifics of the Nationals' strategies, but he allowed that he feels, "our biggest need is starting pitching," he said. "That's everybody's biggest need, and we're included in that."
The most intruiging situation to watch could be Adam Dunn's potential contract extension. The Nationals and Dunn have both expressed a desire to strike a new deal for Dunn, who would also be a valuable trade chip. As of now, the Nationals remain interested in signing Dunn.
"We're looking into it," Rizzo said. "We've been talking about it since spring training. We're looking at all things, every way to improve the club. We like where Adam is at offensively and defensively. He's a big part of the clubhouse. He's a big part of the middle of the lineup."
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