Adam Dunn has heard nothing from the Nationals, open to DHing
Still a Washington National and in tonight's lineup, first baseman Adam Dunn has heard nothing about his immediate future with the team as they remain intent on either trading or signing Dunn before Saturday 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline.
Asked to guess the chances he's a National when he wakes up Sunday morning, Dunn said, "50-50. Maybe 51-49. I really don't know."
"I don't know. You pick."
Reports this afternoon said Dunn had been told he wouldn't be sent to the White Sox for Edwin Jackson, and Dunn shot them down. "No," Dunn said. "I haven't heard anything." (Dunn allowed, about the White Sox, "I like their uniforms.")
Dunn clarified several meaningful details surrounding his situation Dunn has stated his opposition to serving as a full-time designated hitter, but he said he would not mind for the final portion of the season if he is sent to an American League team.
"That's just Dhing for two months," Dunn said. "It's not like if I make this move, it's career-ending."
Dunn declined speculate as to whether he would be willing to sign with the Nationals this offseason should he get traded and then declare for free agency.
"I don't know," Dunn said. "I've got to get traded first. We're still trying to work things out here. I'm not going to make a deal of something that's really, really far off."
Dunn, again, admitted his frustration that his future remains unsettled. He hoped to reach a contract extension with the Nationals in spring training, and instead negotiations have dragged with little progress.
"I would say frustrated more than disappointed," Dunn said. "I know it's the business side of it. But I really did expect to get something done and at least make a little progress. Just hasn't worked out that. It's no fault for anyone. It's how it goes, man."
Dunn wanted to sign early in order to the scene that unfolded inside the Nationals clubhouse this after. Surrounded by reporters, Dunn explained his thoughts on his future, and talked about dodging the constant speculation and rumors.
"It sucks," Dunn said. "Part of it, dude. You just get tired of hearing it. You can't even watch TV. I don't know how else to put it. It probably would affect other people more than it does me," Dunn said. "It doesn't, because my options are awesome. I can't have better options that what I have."
Still, Dunn hopes to continue talks with the Nationals if they stand pat at the deadline. The Nationals want to either trade or sign Dunn. But they can't do either, Dunn would still be interested in remaining in Washington.
"I would think if nothing is worked out by now, we'll still continue working on it," Dunn said. "The first day of October, it might happen. I wanted to get it done as early as possible, and that hasn't worked out. It's not going to change."
For now, like most everyone in baseball, Dunn is guessing. He was asked if he believes the point where he and the Nats could reach a deal before the trade deadline has passed.
"I don't know," Dunn said. "Do you? It could happen right now."
July 30, 2010; 5:03 PM ET
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