Nationals Journal

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

'Extraordinary' offer required to get Dunn

The Washington Nationals have listened to teams interested in trading for first baseman Adam Dunn and other coveted players, but General Manager Mike Rizzo will have high standards for what he accepts in a trade, according to sources familiar with his thinking. The Nationals will need to be offered, in the words of one team source, "something that overwhelms us."

The Chicago White Sox have been the most active pursuer of Dunn. The Nationals have had initial conversations with the White Sox regarding Dunn, one source said, but "I don't think it's gotten any deeper than that. Most of it seems like speculation."

Rizzo has said it will take an "extraordinary" offer for the Nationals to part with Dunn. According to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times, the White Sox would offer either Dayan Viciedo, a power-hitting first baseman from Cuba, or Daniel Hudson, a right-handed starter who has made four big league starts. Monday night, Hudson held the Mariners to one run over 6 2/3 innings.

In the long term, one scout said, Hudson projects to be a No. 3 or No. 4 starter. Hudson or Viciedo would make for a starting point, but a "significant" piece would need to be added to either player to even a deal.

Dunn would be a two-month rental player for any team that trades for him, but the Nationals have to consider the two compensatory picks a team would gain if it does not sign Dunn in free agency.

"It doesn't seem like he's out to make moves just make moves," said one source.

Rizzo is taking a similar stance with other valued Nationals, Matt Capps and Josh Willingham, both of whom are under team control for next season.

Rehabbing for Potomac

In what could be one of his final steps before returning to the Nationals, Scott Olsen will make his next rehab start Thursday for Class A Potomac. Olsen has been on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation since May 23. . . .

Jordan Zimmermann checked out fine Tuesday after he was scratched from Monday's rehab start in Class A Potomac with a stiff neck. Zimmermann is scheduled to pitch Wednesday in Potomac, continuing a recovery from Tommy John surgery.

Strasburg a marked man

Stephen Strasburg, whose 22nd birthday was Tuesday, will start Wednesday against the Reds. He will stick to the same pitch count the Nationals have held him to in his first eight starts. Manager Jim Riggleman said that for the rest of this year, Strasburg will not throw much more than 100 pitches.

Tuesday, Reds beat writer Hal McCoy asked outfielder Johnny Gomes, who has 99 career homers, about the prospect of hitting his 100th. "I'd rather do it Wednesday when we're on ESPN and I can hit one off the kid," Gomes said. "If I do that, I'll do cartwheels around the bases."

-- Adam Kilgore

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