The Nationals and White Sox have apparently been locked in a stalemate over Washington outfielder Adam Dunn for the past week, the Nationals not backing down on their demand that Chicago include Gordon Beckham or Carlos Quentin. The Nationals, meanwhile, have sent out word that they're working on an extension with Dunn and will just keep him unless they are overwhelmed by an offer.
Entering the fray: The injury-stung Tigers, who suffered their most damaging blow Saturday when Magglio Ordonez broke his ankle. William Ladson of MLB.com reported Monday that the Tigers have "great interest" in Dunn.
The question is whether the Tigers, two games back in the American League Central, are now desperate enough to pay the Nationals' price. Lynn Henning of the Detroit News thinks the Tigers can make the deal without surrendering top pitching prospects Jacob Turner and Andy Oliver, but that seems like a longshot considering the hard line the Nationals have been taking.
In addition to trying to make the playoffs, Henning points to another motivation the Tigers have to get a strong hitter: Miguel Cabrera's chase for a Triple Crown. Cabrera is currently leading the AL in RBI and is second in average and home runs, but with nobody left to protect him in the middle of the lineup, he's not going to see many good pitches unless reinforcements arrive. Dunn would be a heck of a reinforcement.
-- David Andriesen
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