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Is tomorrow goodbye for Adam Dunn?

On Tuesday night, Adam Dunn will do what he has already done 159 times over the past two seasons, more than any player over that time. He'll slip on his No. 44 Nationals uniform, listen to the national anthem and take his place in the field at Nationals Park.

The routine will bring with it a pressing question: Will he ever do it again?

Almost certain to declare free agency this offseason, Dunn will play what might be his final home game as a member of the Nationals. Before Monday's game, the notion had not even occurred to Dunn, typically unbothered and unworried while lounging in a clubhouse recliner. "I haven't thought about it at all, actually," Dunn said.

He may be the only one. When Dunn came to bat in the first inning Monday night, a group of fans in the upper deck behind home plate chanted "Sign Adam Dunn!" and waved sings. Before the game, Manager Jim Riggleman offered his take: he doesn't think Dunn's game Tuesday will be his Washington send-off.

"I don't think that's going to happen. I really don't," Riggleman said. "I've seen him just make strides that encourage everybody. This year at first base, the first real year that he's played there, I think we've seen improvements lately. I was really encouraged the other day, not that he hit two home runs, but where he hit them - one to left field, one to left-center field. I think he's really made the commitment that's what he needs to do, that what he can do. Seeing that really encourages me that he's got a future here.

"Mike [Rizzo] will be talking about that. The Lerner family will be talking about that. But I certainly don't sit here going into the future thinking these last two will be Adam's last games."

Rizzo declined comment on Dunn's situation. Dunn reiterated that the Nationals and his representatives continue to negotiate, but he does not expect anything to happen until after he declares for free agency, which he can do 15 days after the conclusion of the World Series.

"Either it gets done or it doesn't," Dunn said. "There's really nothing that either side can do but talk. We'll continue to try to talk and work it out. I'm just not really worried about it."

Dunn's primary concern, he said, is the number of years he signs for, not the dollar amount. He would prefer a four-year contract, but might settle for three. He feels like Washington has become his home, and he does not want to endure the speculation about his future this season brought.

"I think years are very important," Dunn said. "I think I have earned that. One thing I have earned, playing every day, is the length of contract."

By Adam Kilgore  | September 28, 2010; 7:45 PM ET
 
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"He feels like Washington has become his home, and he does not want to endure the speculation about his future this season brought."

He can always pull a Zorn and just right up the road to the more professional franchise up in Baltimore. That way he can still keep his house in the area and play on a baseball team with more upside than the Washington Natinals.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 28, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Yes Dunn can join the Poopy McPoop "Browns" his favorite color. Poopy loves the perfume of "brown". Lots of "brown" in and around the inner harbor waters ... as Poopy will tell you all s?it flows down hill and down to the water front. Yep, that wonderful Poopy brown. As in Cleveland Browns (his secret favorite football team oh that's right they call themselves the Ravens? Oh and the St. Louis Browns now known as the Angel'"O'".

Poopy did you know that Baltimore was listed as the most wasteful MLB franchise? They get the least from their players for what they pay of any other franchise in baseball. Even worst than the "Natinals". Indicating that your hero Angelos is not just cheap but stoooooopid too ... ;)

Posted by: periculum | September 28, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Hey poop, dump somewhere else.

Lerner needs to find a way to keep Adam!

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | September 28, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Not to take anything away from the pathos, but pretty much every player pulls on the jersey with his number more than anybody else.

Posted by: markfromark | September 28, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

I am so great!
I am so great!
Everybody loves me!
I am so great!

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 28, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Nice walk off home run by Dunn. Sign the man already.

Posted by: CountDemoney | September 28, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

It better not be goodbye if he can keep doing that.

Posted by: amorris525 | September 28, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

There is no way he'll be back in DC. Terrible decision by Rizzo not to trade him and to end up with nothing but future draft picks. That was so Bowden. What a waste. And as an Os fan I hope they don't go after him. Lots of dramatic bombs but really not a great hitter and way too many Ks. But the Nats really blew it by not getting anything for him at the deadline. No way around that.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | September 28, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

sign Dunn and hopefully Crawford, then see what happens with Lee

Posted by: jpt1002 | September 28, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Yeah Poopy ... your kids love bandying toilet humor with you don't they?

Ah Poopy? I think the "Natinals" will sign Adam Dunn. Hopefully they can pick up Cliff Lee and perhaps Zack Greinke in the offseason. Hmmm Angel'O" is stooopid enough, maybe they can get Matusz?

Walk off win for AD and the Nats. Eat your poop now Poopy.

Posted by: periculum | September 28, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

sign Dunn and hopefully Crawford, then see what happens with Lee

Posted by: jpt1002 | September 28, 2010 9:50 PM
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If the Natinals sign Dunn, Crawford, and Lee I will never post here again.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 28, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

In case anyone was wondering - or cares - the AngelOs cannot catch the Nats 68+ wins this season. Hardly a boast, just an observation.

Posted by: Kev29 | September 28, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

you can sign anyone in free agency and they'll be better then Garrett Atkins, i forget which team signed him . . .and you can also trade for anyone and get something better then Kevin Millwood, i mean talk about a couple of moves right into a wall

Posted by: jpt1002 | September 28, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Look who else doesn't respect Riggleman. Just the future of our ballclub-- Mr Jesus Strasburg.

From SI.com, "One person Strasburg hasn't chatted with lately? Washington manager Jim Riggleman."

"I've called him a couple times and you don't hear back from him," said Riggleman."

Bullseye. Great respect for you boss right? Although Strasburg wasn't here long, he got it right.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | September 28, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Great postgame interview -
DT - so Adam, what's it been like playing with Pudge?
AD - Glad Pudge got the chance to play with me

or something to that effect. Dunn didn't even crack a smile.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | September 28, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

In case anyone was wondering - or cares - the AngelOs cannot catch the Nats 68+ wins this season. Hardly a boast, just an observation.

Posted by: Kev29 | September 28, 2010 10:04 PM
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What a sad season for the Natinals when they can barely win more games than a team that was, at one point, on pace to lose between 110-120 games.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 28, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Good point the Nats fans get DT while the Angel"O's and Poopy get Jenn Royle who is far more engaging and does a great job with Dunn.

Hopefully that arrangement ends soon ... the Nats need to have their own multimedia company ...

Posted by: periculum | September 28, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Its too bad that 120-loss team couldn't play with passion and only dialed it up to keep their jobs . . .is that a fail on management or the players, nah it's the whole stinkin franchise thats got a 13 year losing streak

Posted by: jpt1002 | September 28, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Skins Fan nailed about Strasburg, already realizing that his manager couldn't win his way out of a wet paper bag.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 28, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

The only thing keeping the O's down is their lawyer of a owner. His arguments are so good their fans still see fool's gold for the last 13 years

Posted by: jpt1002 | September 28, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, another tough night for the Dunn-bashers. Better luck tomorrow!

He may still not get to 40, which proves Dunn is in decline. Of course, by those standards, just about everyone else in the NL is in decline too, except Pujols.

Posted by: EdDC | September 28, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

that's cant win his way out of a paper bag and still MORE wins than the Angel-O's

Posted by: jpt1002 | September 28, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Barely more wins, and this coming from a fan whose team celebrated the fact that they can't lose 100 games for 3 seasons in a row.

Don't recall the Orioles ever losing 100 games recently.

But whatever keeps you Natinal fans warm in the tummy at night.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 28, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

I'd pretty much bet that if Joe Torre, Buck Showalter, Tony LaRussa, Joe Maddon, Terry Francona etc., real managers called any player on the phone, he'd pick up immediately, let alone call back immediately. To not even bother to pick up or call back at all, well that sez it all.

But we already knew that didn't we. The players don't respect DoubleSwitch and why should they? Nutdog calls him out and what is the penalty? He's in the starting lineup the next day. But please listen to Mr. Rizzo. Doubleswitch is doing a great job. Just wondering, a great job of what? Seriously.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | September 28, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

One of the reasons to go to or watch Nationals games is Dunn. The team will be less interesting to watch/follow without Adam Dunn. Season tickets are, at best, a shade over 10,000. Next year it will be under 10,000 with or without Dunn but without him it will even be further down.

Options for Dunn are a 1-year contract with Carlos Pena [Boras client], maybe Derek Lee [isn't his career almost over] or someone much worse. No one will really wants to come here except for a premium and there are not any accomplished 1Bs out there. Our offense was bad this year and, if Dunn goes, it will be worse. Our staff isn't San Diego. Better defense with less power will just mean another season with around 100 losses but it will be a boring season with little incentive to watch.

Attendance is down and management needs to do something to give the fans a reason to come to the games. Hard to see how losing Dunn will accomplish that.

Posted by: mikeladd123 | September 28, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

the Angel-O's dont lose big, they just lose often. so they're probably the most consistent franchise is baseball for about . . .the last 13 years

Posted by: jpt1002 | September 28, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget about the Pirates jpt1002. Of course your delusions of grandeur about the O's only blind you from reality.

Reality being that next year the O's, with a real manager and player upgrades, will blow the Natinals out of the water.

Oh, and just how many games will Strasburg win next year?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 28, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Boswell is all excited about our future SS to 2B combo. But you know what, 2nd basemen are easy to come by. Just look at this season. ODog was ours for the taking if management wasn't too busy squeezing the juice outta pennies. So forgetabout stuff that doesn't really matter. All that freakin matters is putting together a Major League pitching staff.

Look at who we started the season with. And remember how Mr Rizzo said he had done all that was necessary by going out and getting Mr. Marquis. That's all he said we needed. If that's really the case, our GM is sadly lacking. And until we field a real pitching staff all this other nonsense won't matter.

Dunn, no Dunn, Guzman at 2nd, short and right field? Next year the Nats are looking at 100+ losses in front of an empty arena with no Dunn and no Strasburg and Kasten long gone cause he saw what was coming.
There's no way around it. And poor Livo will once again be the ace of this sorry staff put together by Mike Rizzo. And our skipper will be in heaven with all his double switching cause no one will make it past 5.
What a team.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | September 28, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

BTW I'm glad I saw one o Dunn's multi-homer games. I'll always have that. Caught an early Friday night win against the Dodgers--me thinks it was an Atilano victory. Great game and fireworks afterward.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | September 28, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

that's right the O's ARE as pathetic as the Pirates. And player upgrades, yeah anyone new is better than the pathetic JV Squad is B'more. Of course weren't Atkins and Millwood "upgrades." Besides all you need is players at 3b, 1b, SS, another catcher and more bullpen arms. Maybe Danny Baez is available again. As for Strasburg, he'll probably be about the same as Tillman in a third of the starts. . . that's if Tillman gets out of AAAA player mode

Posted by: jpt1002 | September 28, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

>>he'll probably be about the same as Tillman in a third of the starts. . . that's if Tillman gets out of AAAA player mode. Posted by: jpt1002

You may be right there. Tillman has all the talent in the world but his head is kinda screwed up. The stuff he says just leaves you boggeled. And his actions on the mound--well he's still far away.

That being said, it's all about starting pitching and the Os have young giants ready to roll. I'll take Matusz, Arrieta and Bergesen over anything the Nats have. And Johnson and Koji in the pen are also superior to anything the Nats have. 2 pickups, 1 starting pitcher and 1 offensive gun and the Os are on their way. Meanwhile the Nats need an entire starting rotation just to get to Go.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | September 28, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Just like an O's fan to be happy with their infield. that infield is about as useful as Clinton Portis getting tackled by Casper in back to back weeks

Posted by: jpt1002 | September 28, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Skins Fan, don't forget about Guthrie. Dude's consistent as they come. Natinals would wet themselves to have a pitcher of his caliber.

As for the O's infield, it has serious needs at 3B and 1B (one of which will definitely be addressed this offseaon). As for SS, they have Machado (who tons of people compare to Arod) who should be the starting SS for the O's in oh about 2 years or so.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 28, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Hey, scamp, have you registered to vote since you've moved out to Cali?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 28, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

what are 92, 93, 93, 98, and so far this year 95 . . .?

Posted by: jpt1002 | September 28, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Notice not a single 100 in there so obviously we're not talking about Natinal losses in a season.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 29, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Heheheh, that was my group with the signs and the chants for Dunn. We chanted on Friday to. Hey Adam, if you're interested some of us will be back tomorrow night, 315 row E.

Posted by: EricS2 | September 29, 2010 1:50 AM | Report abuse

Ah that Baltimore inferiority complex.

Posted by: alex35332 | September 29, 2010 6:50 AM | Report abuse

What kind of weirdo spends countless hours on the comments section of the Nats when he hates them? Seriously, that is bizarre. Talk about needing to get a life.

Posted by: JDR1970 | September 29, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

It makes no difference to me if some boriole fans like to trash the Nats. It's rather amusing actually, that they pay more attention to our team than the one they supposedly follow...sad really.

Posted by: cokedispatch | September 29, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

No big deal, but it strikes me as contradictory for Dunn to insist that he doesn't think about this at all, but then complain about the speculation that he has endured this year.

I think they need to sign Dunn, and take the risk of eating a lot of money if (IF) his performance drops. If they had been putting a respectable product on the field, they might have the luxury of not signing Dunn, but they are not in that position.

Posted by: KenNat | September 29, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

"Options for Dunn are a 1-year contract with Carlos Pena [Boras client], maybe Derek Lee [isn't his career almost over] or someone much worse."

If the Nots want to sign Pena, they'll probably be able to do it without any competition. And it's hard to believe that there's a worse option. Pena's having an absolutely dreadful season. Lately the Rays have occasionally benched him in favor of a career minor leaguer named Dan Johnson they had been using as a DH/3rd baseman. Johnson is batting .212. Pena did have a HR (his 28th) last night in the post-season clinching victory, but he's batting .199, and the Rays have made it known through leaks to local media that they will not make any effort to keep him. Unless he can somehow put up monster postseason numbers, he can be had at bargain basement rates, which can only make him more attractive to the Nots.

Why are the Nots seemingly so reluctant to sign Dunn? Well, I'm sure it would take a 3-year deal at a minimum, and they have a terrific prospect named Tyler Moore who had 31 HRs and 111 RBIs for Potomac this year, and was named the Carolina League Player of the Year. They probably figure he'll be ready to take over 1B at Nots Landing sometime in the 2012 season, so why sign Dunn when you can have this kid?

Of course, the answer to that question is that the Carolina League is a very long way from the major leagues, that Moore is currently nothing more than a prospect who's proven he can hit pitchers the vast majority of whom will never get anywhere near the big leagues, and letting Dunn walk will leave an enormous hole in the lineup that neither Pena nor Derrek Lee, the other most likely free agent the Nots might sign, are likely to fill. Both of them are older than Dunn (Lee will be 36 by this time next year), and Pena's career BA is significantly lower than Adam's, which is hard to believe but true.

Posted by: Fairfax6 | September 29, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

I wish skinsfan would quit projecting his teams prospects for this season and the next. The NATS won more this season and will win more this coming. How much more and how satisfying the results will be is, of course, open to question. I feel Dunn will be back with this team for 3 years. Hope I am right.

Sec 204 Row H Seat 7

Posted by: adhardwick | September 29, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Had they traded Dunn for a couple of prospects I could have lived with that, but giving him up for two draft picks (which I doubt will both be first rounders) is not a good way to become a .500 team much less a contender in the next 3 years. Resigning Dunn is a must in my book because it keeps our infield our strength. Now we just need to add OF's and pitching. If you want to read more on my thoughts on Dunn you can check out my blog post on the subject at http://fanspeak.com

Posted by: Steveo11 | September 29, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Boz just announced this morning (guess he has the premium insider sources (includes Stan) ) that Dunn was finally offered a 3 year contract. Which is what Dunn meant when he said they were talking again and he sounded positive about it.

And skins_fan_22? Strasburg comes from a generation that considers phone calls intrusive and rude. They text to arrange calls. Double Switch, the clueless, probably hasn't a clue about that.

Posted by: periculum | September 29, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

In any case Dunn is not as important as fixing the top of the rotation starting pitching. Without Stras, with Zimmermann still inconsistent ... perhaps Detwiler is about to break through? They still need at least one guy they can count on.

Posted by: periculum | September 29, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

It is not an easy position for the Nats. They need him BADLY but to pay him as much as he wants is ridiculous. He is not worth the amount he wants....period

Posted by: Bious | September 29, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

"It is not an easy position for the Nats. They need him BADLY but to pay him as much as he wants is ridiculous. He is not worth the amount he wants....period"

Certainly can't argue with any of that, but how do you fill you the huge hole his absence will leave in the lineup? It isn't hard to imagine the Nots slipping back to the 105-110 loss range with, say, Carlos Pena playing 1B, not to mention the extraordinary abuse he'll be subjected to from what few fans bother to show up. Under normal circumstances I might say just bite the bullet and hope Tyler Moore manages to make the jump from Single A to the bigs in 2012, but fan morale is getting dangerously low, and another season like the Nots produced the two years prior to this might leave them like Tampa Bay -- so much losing that even when they finally do get good, nobody cares.

Sometimes overpaying is the least bad option. At least he'll produce better than the highly overpaid Jason Marquis will next year. And the fans do love him. It never hurts to have a popular player to help them bond with the team.

Posted by: Fairfax6 | September 29, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

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