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Adam Dunn: '50-50' chance he'll stay with the Nats

Adam Kilgore reports from Nationals Park that he just spoke to first baseman Adam Dunn, who believes there's a "50-50" chance he'll stay in Washington. The Nats are intent on either trading him or signing him to a contract extension by tomorrow's 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline.

When asked if he'd consider returning to the Nats as a free agent if they do trade him, Dunn said: "I don't know," and that he hadn't considered it. He added that he's "frustrated" nothing has happened yet.

More to come soon.

By Washington Post sports editors  |  July 30, 2010; 4:06 PM ET
Categories:  Adam Dunn  
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Comments

guess it's 50-50 whether I'll be buying any more Nats tix soon, too ...


what the hell is wrong with their inability to sign one of the three mainstays of a 3-4-5 combo most teams would give their eye teeth for...

hard for me to imagine a deal that would make it worth letting him go ... at a minimum, 2 top notch "right now", not over the hill producers, not prospects, not guys who have peaked ... hard to see that coming.

Get on the ball, Mr. Rizzo, and get him signed!

Posted by: fendertweed | July 30, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

this is weak just trade strasburg to the yankees now and get it over with

Posted by: vjridgely | July 30, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Good lord just sign him please.

Posted by: amorris525 | July 30, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Sign him Lerners! Who's going to want to play here, if you can't keep players that perform.

Posted by: Hattrik | July 30, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I love the fact the Nats were able to turn Capps into a terrific two-way catching prospect that's almost ready to come up to the big leagues (just read "Money Ball" to see what it says about closers), but I do not think trading Dunn would workout as well for them.

It appears to be too hard to get value for Dunn from an AL team right now. Dunn is one of the few power hitters in the game who as remained consistent since the league started testing for roids. I think that they should re-sign him for a few years to be a bridge until Harper can join the big club.

Posted by: SportzWiz | July 30, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

I want Dunn signed, but if the Nats got either or both of the guys rumored for Guzman, they'll get a ton more for Dunn. Makes me think one of the Guzman pieces is headed elsewhere with Dunn -- probably for Edwin Jackson, who isn't worth it, even with Gordon Beckham.

Posted by: grclarkdc1 | July 30, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Don't trade him. Please, please, please, please, please keep Dunn. And sign him.

My heart is breaking all over the place today losing Capps and Guzzie (yes, really. I get *attached* to my players). I don't want to lose Dunn too.

Posted by: NatsNut | July 30, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Bowden reported on MLB radio this afternoon that Dunn's agent told Bowden that as of last week the Nats hadn't offered Dunn a contract of any kind as yet, so apparently Dunn can't sign in the next X hours.

Posted by: RLFWDC | July 30, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Looks like one of the pitchers Nats got for Guzman is Ryan Tatusko. Big (6-5, 200) RHP. 25 y.o. In AA this year, 9-2, 2.97 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 58K, 40 BB.

Posted by: Bethesdangit1 | July 30, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Boys and Girls:

Can we say FIRE SALE!!!!!

Watch Kennedy will be next and Harris will be our new 2nd baseman.

What would be funny is if Nyger gets traded on his bobblehead night.

Posted by: hansenjo | July 30, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Ok, I really want them to sign Dunn too. I'll be very disappointed if they don't. But can I just say to him about his "frustration.": Get Over It! Baseball is a business. It's why you're making 12 million bucks this year and stand to make more next year. There are a lot more frustrating things in life than getting to play a game for a living and be very well compensated for it. You ought to be able to handle a few days or a few months of uncertainty, when one thing is absolutely certain: you'll have a job next year playing baseball and you'll make a ton more money.

Posted by: Section222 | July 30, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Keep Dunn. Keep Dunn. Keep Dunn.

Posted by: Juan-John1 | July 30, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Give the fans something to cheer about this weekend - sign Dunn and announce it before the game tomorrow. At some point this front office needs to throw a bone to this small, famished fan base!

Posted by: Kev29 | July 30, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Can we say FIRE SALE!!!!!

Posted by: hansenjo | July 30, 2010 4:41 PM

I'm not quite sure you've grasped the difference between a fire sale and routine non-contender dealing.

Posted by: Kev29 | July 30, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I think they sign Dunn ... but not this weekend. Dunn has to realize that he and his team mates haven't exactly set the baseball world on fire with their record. Rizzo needs to do what he thinks is best for the franchise. Signing him now apparently would preclude folks inquiring about him and perhaps Willingham and Capps and Guzman ...

Whatever strategy Rizzo is employing its working ... now, why would Adam Dunn be upset if he signed a new contract in August instead of July? Harper and the two remaining pitchers will be brought in at the last minute as well. The guy is working on trades right now ... that is time consuming enough ...

He can work on contracts in August after the trade furor dies down.

Posted by: periculum | July 30, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

SIGN DUNN!

Posted by: mjwies11 | July 30, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

SIGN DUNN!

Posted by: mjwies11 | July 30, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

This is the National League .. trade him to the American League, where he belongs. Nice guy, but horrible fielding liability. Also, aging. Get something valuable for him while he HAS value to others.

Posted by: justaguy43 | July 30, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Now that I've read more of Dunn's comments on other sites, I take back my rant at him. He's a good guy, he's not bailing on the Nats even if they trade him, and he's going to keep blowing bubbles as he trots around the bases.

Posted by: Section222 | July 30, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

@grclarkdc1

"Makes me think one of the Guzman pieces is headed elsewhere with Dunn -- probably for Edwin Jackson, who isn't worth it, even with Gordon Beckham."

Ryan Tatusko? You're joshing me aren't you?

Kind of agree on the Beckham/Jackson ... but Espinosa really needs to step up ... and DESMOND does as well!!!!

Leading me to @natsnut; are you fond of this record? Of the futility we see almost every night? If you are than you must have
a crazy streak of masochism hidden somewhere? ;)

Rizzo is making all the right moves for a team that currently finds itself mired in the basement of the NL East with a farm system still bereft of prospects and talent at the close to major league levels ... thus Ramos. He may be the highest ranked prospect for these Nats given that Strasburg and Storen are now in the majors. Ponder that before you become too attached to guys who have seen better days?

Do you want this team to get better or worst as it has been since Frank Robby left and they dismantled the 2005 team?

Posted by: periculum | July 30, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

"guess it's 50-50 whether I'll be buying any more Nats tix soon, too ... what the hell is wrong with their inability to sign one of the three mainstays of a 3-4-5 combo most teams would give their eye teeth for..."

Dude, I'm feelin' you. Dunn is one of just a few players who make this team even marginally watchable. But consider that, at 31, he likely has, at most, 2-3 top flight years left in him. By the time the Nats are ready to be serious contenders for the pennant and for the title, he will be over the hill. Consequently, if Rizzo can get a couple of top-flight, AND I MEAN TOP-FLIGHT, prospects for Dunn, I reluctantly say, pull the trigger.

Posted by: rufus_t_firefly | July 30, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

So who gets called up to take Guzmans spot?

Posted by: hansenjo | July 30, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Look, I think Dunn is a good guy and a good player. But for him to say that he's frustrated nothing has happened yet seems a little disingenuous.

He's the one who, at the close of Spring Training, said he didn't want to negotiate during the season. Now he says he's frustrated about the lack of negotiations?

Posted by: noslok | July 30, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

periculum

Rumor I had heard was Scheppers/Perez, which would be a great overpayment even for 1; Tatusko and whoever makes more sense; don't think we'll see Espinosa before Sept unless both wee Wilie and AK go elsewhere

Posted by: grclarkdc1 | July 30, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

"He's the one who, at the close of Spring Training, said he didn't want to negotiate during the season. Now he says he's frustrated about the lack of negotiations?"

Good point. I think Rizzo told his agent that they would negotiate when the team is ready and not before. He is sending the same message to other franchises ... he isn't going to trade their top hitters for anything less than Ryan Howard level value. And they have to know Rizzo is sure he can re-sign Dunn.

In the end, Rizzo has to prove to these players, to potential free agents like Dunn, and most especially to the fans ... that he is committed to making this franchise better.

Posted by: periculum | July 30, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

@hansenjo,

"So who gets called up to take Guzmans spot?"

C'mon you know the answer to that? If Riggleman has his way it'll be Mr. .105 batting average and 5 toolsy himself, Justin Maxwell if Riggleman has his way. Immediately inserted into starting lineup in right or centerfield pushing Michael Morse deeper on the bench.

The next good news I hope to hear is double-switch Riggleman announcing his retirement. Noting that Guzman was originally supposed to bat second, playing second and through the magic of white out became Adam Kennedy.

Posted by: periculum | July 30, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Hard to believe they could get much for Dunn as a 2-3 month rental but apparently the Yankees and Rays are interested so you have to listen to those offers. If he wants a 4 year deal it's not surprising they are shopping him. The best time to make a sale is when you have a customer so why close the store early?

Posted by: Natmeister | July 30, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Smart management team, the Nats. They had two major league pitchers, Strasburg and Capps. So, Capps is traded. They have three major league hitters, Zimmerman, Dunn and Willingham. Betcha one of them is Dunn here. Guzman (Mr. Inconsistent) is no great loss.

Posted by: theoldrot | July 30, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

This is the National League .. trade him to the American League, where he belongs. Nice guy, but horrible fielding liability. Also, aging. Get something valuable for him while he HAS value to others.

Posted by: justaguy43

YOU SIR...ARE STUPID! :) HE HAS 4 ERRORS THIS SEASON HE'S NOT THAT BAD. ALSO HE'S 30 YEARS OLD WHICH IS RIGHT IN HIS PRIME.
PLEASE DON'T POST WHERE YOU DON'T BELONG.

Posted by: frediemac1 | July 30, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

WASHINGTON WAS FORTUNATE TO SIGN DUNN IN THE FIRST PLACE. HE FINE DEFENSIVELY..BUT HE IS
ONE OF THE TOP OFFENSIVE THREATS IN BASEBALL.
YOU DON`T TRADE A GUY LIKE THAT! AT LEAST YOU DON`T IF YOU WANT TO WIN IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS. HE MAKES THE THIRD AND FIFTH BATTERS BETTER..JUST BY BEING THERE. IF ANYONE AHEAD OF HIM GETS ON BASE (ESP. LATER IN THE GAME)
IT WILL ALTER THE OTHER TEAM`S STRATEGY.

SO..MAKE HIM HAPPY..AND SIGN HIM. NO OTHER POWER HITTER OF HIS CALIBER WILL EVEN THINK OF COMING TO THIS TEAM IF HE LEAVES.

Posted by: blazerguy234 | July 31, 2010 7:28 AM | Report abuse

Trade him and Willingham. Then watch Zimmerman, Strasburg, Storen and anyone else with any talent start counting down the days until they can escape the cheapest most short sighted ownership in sports.

Posted by: dboz1970 | July 31, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

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