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Adam Dunn and the Nationals aren’t talking extension

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Stories all over the place in recent days about Adam Dunn wanting to stay in D.C. Dunn is certainly saying the right things:

This is the place I want to be at. I want to be here. This team is obviously going in the right direction. I’m all for it. That’s why I don’t want to deter anybody away. I like being here.

But Buster reported a few minutes ago that there are no talks happening between Dunn and the Nats at all. Which, given (a) Dunn’s enthusiasm; and (b) the fact that it’s usually the team, and not the player, who has no problem negotiating once the season begins, one would assume the Nats are giving Dunn the high hat. Maybe they don’t like the fact that he ends his sentences with prepositions.

Seriously, though, I’d have a hard time getting my brain around a Dunn extension if I was a National League general manager. I love his bat, obviously, but you have to figure the Nats want to make sure he can play at first base all year before unloading the money truck. I mean, he’s played a lot there, sure, but this is supposedly the first year he has really committed to it.

So, yeah, big year for Dunn.