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Washington Nationals choose to not trade Adam Dunn

First baseman Adam Dunn remains in a Nationals uniform.
First baseman Adam Dunn remains in a Nationals uniform. (Jonathan Newton/the Washington Post)
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Add it up, and the Nationals could end up paying about $6 million for two months of Dunn -- on a team miles from contention -- and two draft choices.

Those prospects could turn into players as valuable as Zimmermann. Or the $6 million that could have been used to acquire a veteran bat or pitcher could turn into failed projects.

"They're rolling the dice," said one industry source. If they don't sign Dunn to an extension, "it makes no sense."

The Nationals could lessen the risk by simply extending Dunn, who desires a four-year contract worth $60 million, according to a source. Both sides have publicly stated their wish to reach an agreement. Dunn, while not blaming the Nationals, has grown frustrated with the lack of progress. A source said his Dunn's representatives approached the Nationals in spring training and did receive a counter-offer.

"We are going to talk extension with Adam Dunn and his representatives," Rizzo said. "We are certainly not going to talk about it with the media. Adam Dunn is a big part of our ballclub. We've shown that by not trading him for lesser value."

The Nationals still have the chance to sign him.

The deadline, for the Nationals, was about something that didn't happen. Nothing was enough.

"Sometimes," Rizzo said, "the best trades you make are the trades you don't make."


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