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Zimmerman disappointed Dunn's gone

Posted on: December 2, 2010 6:27 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2010 8:46 pm
Ryan Zimmerman Adam Dunn is headed to Chicago, and Ryan Zimmerman isn't too happy about it.

For now, Zimmerman is the Nationals' best player and the face of their franchise. He was vocal in wanted Dunn to return to Washington, and now that the slugger is going elsewhere, Zimmerman certainly has an opinion on the matter.

"From the last time we talked about baseball, the last day of the season, he said he would love to come back here," Zimmerman told the Washington Post 's Adam Kilgore . "If they would have given him a fair deal, he even would have probably gone a little bit cheaper to come with us."

The Nationals had offered a three-year deal, and said repeatedly during the season he wanted to stay with the Nationals, but was looking for a long-term deal.

Still Zimmerman said he wants to remain a National the rest of his career, but is still frustrated.

"I hope that this plan they have intact -- I guess this one of the years we were supposed to take that next step and become one of the teams that gets those free agent guys," Zimmerman said. "They've told us and the fans to be patient. Hopefully this is one of the years we start acquiring impact guys and taking the team to that next level."

However, Dunn is still the only impact free agent to have ever signed with the Nationals, and now he's gone.

"Knowing that we had one of the three top free agents on our team and we didn't want to resign him, it's frustrating for us as players," Zimmerman told's Ben Goessling .

UPDATE: Apparently it hasn't bothered Zimmerman that much -- he tells Kilgore that a long-term deal like Troy Tulowitzki's "absolutely appeals to me." Of course, who wouldn't mind that kind of security, no matter where it came from?

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2010 7:13 pm

Zimmerman disappointed Dunn's gone

By all accounts Dunn had a better offer from Oakland, but Dunn told them that he wants to play outfield in the NL and that he would only take less money to play for a NL team. Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't the White Sox still an AL team? Maybe Dunn thought he was signing with the It figures. So Dunn takes less money NOT to play for Oakland. Apparently, he thinks the White Sox have a better chance of winning the World Series next season than Oakland. He might be right. But then again he could be wrong. I bet nobody pegged the SF Giants to win the WS this past season....not even their fans...the honest ones. I'm not talking about the bandwagon jumpers who keep saying "Yeah we knew that this was the year the Giants would win it". Lol...

Since: May 3, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2010 6:57 pm

Zimmerman disappointed Dunn's gone

I just don't see Washington ever becoming a team any significant player would want to sign with. They can feed their fans, players and whomever all this "player" crap but it's never going to happen. Things were looking good for them with Strasburg but now even he's a question mark, who knows if he'll even be close to the same level before the Tommy John. Keeping your franchise player happy should by far be the main priority for this franchise and yet they've decided to go cheap and wait for some miracle to happen. Surrounding Zimmerman with trash isn't a step in the right direction.

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