Just wanted to pass along a few details I heard this afternoon on Adam Dunn’s two-year contract with the Nationals. He’ll make $8 million this season and $12 million in 2010, and was entertaining at least one other offfer when he decided to sign with Washington.
There were rumors throughout the offseason about how interested Dunn and the Nationals actually were in each other. Dunn said he went into free agency with the idea of playing for a contender, but warmed up to the Nationals after he “did my homework,” while manager Manny Acta said Dunn was the team’s top choice for a power hitter after Mark Teixeira went off the market.
Acta talked to Dunn once by phone in January, while Austin Kearns and Ryan Zimmerman had numerous conversations with him. But general manager Jim Bowden said negotiations didn’t heat up until Monday night.
“It was a long, drawn-out negotiation,” Bowden said. “On Monday, a new idea was brought up and kind of embraced by both sides and it was over. He also had other options that he had to weigh and compare and contrast.”
Dunn said he hopes his stay in Washington is longer than two years. Pointing to the uncertainty of this year’s market, Bowden hinted an extension might make more sense for both sides down the road than doing a long-term deal now.
“Two years, that’s a long time in baseball terms. It certainly doesn’t mean you can’t make it longer,” Bowden said. “At the end of the day, it’s not what you prefer. It’s what you can get done. We did the best deal we could. You never have the money exactly how you like, you never get the term exactly how you like it. But at the end of the day, do we think we did a good deal? Yeah.”