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Door not closed on Dunn in D.C.

Posted on: November 11, 2010 9:34 am
Edited on: November 11, 2010 10:22 am
Adam Dunn There's been plenty of talk about the Nationals moving on from first baseman Adam Dunn, but general manager Mike Rizzo said on Wednesday that the team hasn't decided against bringing back done.

"That's a question that's asked a lot, will Adam Dunn be in the uniform in 2011," Rizzo told the Washington Post 's Dan Steinberg . "We're certainly working toward that end. We've got a lot of irons in the fire, though. There's a lot of questions and a lot of decisions to be made before opening day next year."

Ryan Zimmerman certainly made his feelings about done known.

"If you want a middle-of-the-lineup guy that you know is gonna play every single day and you know is gonna be there, you go with Adam," Zimmerman said. "There's really no other first baseman on the market that really compares with him, I don't think. He's a very good player, and if we can't get him back here, it's gonna be a big blow to our team."

Zimmerman told's Mark Zuckerman that he's talked to Dunn nearly every day since the season ended.

"He wants to be here," Zimmerman said. "He's a little upset that stuff didn't get done. But that was not the team's fault."

As for the Nationals' chase of Cliff Lee, the Nationals have contacts his agent, Rizzo told MLB Network/Sirius XM Radio.

"I'd be a fool if I didn't like Cliff Lee or want Cliff Lee on our club. He's the prize pitching guy in this year's free agent market," Rizzo said. "But again, I'm certainly not going to delude myself to the fact that we have a great chance of landing Cliff Lee. … I think the chances of Cliff wanting to come to the Washington Nationals at this time in our franchise is small."

You've got to give Rizzo some points for being realistic. The Nationals have very little chance of Lee choosing to play for them, but if they've got the money to offer, they've got to take that chance.

"If you're asking me if I want Cliff Lee on my team, then yeah, 100 percent," Zimmerman said. "He can take some of my salary if he wants."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2010 8:49 am

Trent should be done writing for CBS

Not once, but twice, did he actually write "done" when referring to "Dunn." I know this is the internet and not a newspaper, but still someone should do a little proofreading.

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Since: Dec 11, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2010 7:54 am

Door not closed on Dunn in D.C.

mmmm? Dunn leaves cincinnati and takes his 180+ strikeouts, poor work habits, horrible fielding and his propensity to try to get a walk instead of hitting to opposite field ... and the reds make the playoffs without someone hitting 40+ homers. The Nats want to keep Dunn, and not bolster their promising pitching staff? ZImmermann... DC fans.... did you NOT watch the playoffs??? Pitching wins pennants and series, not an overrated version of Dave Kingman. Spend your money more wisely!

Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2010 7:44 pm

Door not closed on Dunn in D.C.

Mostly all of Nats power comes fron Dunn.  If they let him go they really have no one except zimmerman to hit homers.  Mike Morse showed some signs of power late in the season but not power like Dunn.

Since: Aug 16, 2010
Posted on: November 11, 2010 6:23 pm

Door not closed on Dunn in D.C.

1st of all get a new editor--- it's DUNN not DONE. 2nd It would be a BIG mistake not to sign DUNN. He wants to stay and the Nationals will not find a bigger power guy in FA or their system. The Nats have the money to sign Dunn and still go after FA's including Lee. They say Adam's fielding is subpar but that's not true. He has average range but good hands and his offense more than makes up that. Don't get cheap and sign Adam for 2 more years while you have the chance.

Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: November 11, 2010 3:33 pm

Door not closed on Dunn in D.C.

Ryan Zimmerman is a consumate professional. He isn't a greedy jerk like a lot of other athletes. He wants to win and he has pride in how he plays. He is a true professional and deserves a lot more credit than he recieves. He is an all-star caliber athelete who he as unselfish as they come. Good for him. Baseball needs more Ryan Zimmerman's.

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