Washington slugger Adam Dunn, subject of raging trade speculation as the Chicago White Sox, San Francisco Giants and others attempt to acquire him, is in the Washington lineup tonight and says he's amenable to going to an American League team to DH.
Dunn just finished speaking with reporters before heading out for batting practice, and colleague Danny Knobler is in D.C. for tonight's Roy Oswalt debut.
Here's what Danny passes along from Dunn:
"My options are awesome," said Dunn, who notoriously in the past has said he is not interested in being a designated hitter and prefers to stay in the NL.
Even if he's dealt to the AL and is asked to DH for the rest of the season?
"This will be a DH situation for two months," said Dunn, a free agent at season's end. "It's not career-ending."
Dunn, in good humor, also had a great line when asked his feelings about going to the White Sox if Chicago GM Kenny Williams is able to build the right package around pitcher Edwin Jackson.
"I like their uniforms," Dunn said. "I like black."
When the session ended, several reporters covering the Nationals shook Dunn's hand and wished him well.
"I'm not going anywhere," Dunn responded. "I'll see you guys after the game."
He may wind up being right or, at the very least, right for right now.
Even with fewer than 24 hours remaining before Saturday's 4 p.m. trade deadline, the Nationals are holding steady and not on the verge of dealing him.
"Suffice to say, he's a very popular player right now," Nationals' GM Mike Rizzo said during batting practice before the Nats-Phillies game.
As for the Nationals' high asking price, Rizzo said: "I will come to the price we set or we won't trade him. The price will not come down."