The Washington Times - February 12, 2009, 06:27PM

Like Mark pointed out earlier this afternoon, it’s clear the Nationals are presenting this signing as the move that vindicated their offseason. It remains to be seen whether Adam Dunn’s power will make a difference in the standings, but he certainly gives Washington the kind of bat it hasn’t had before.

 

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“For the big slugger that we needed, there were only two guys there that would satisfy our need as a free agent,” team president Stan Kasten said. “We went after both of them, and we got one of them.”

 

Manny Acta wasn’t biting on where Dunn will play, only saying that the left-hander will get time at both first base and left field during spring training and that the Nationals will make a decision on his permanent spot toward the end of camp.

 

Acta said he talked to Dunn once in January, and both men said on Thursday how impressed they were with the other one.

 

“He’s not afraid to let people know how he feels,” Acta said. “I’ve always thought you can’t win games in the clubhouse, but it helps.”

 

Dunn said he was looking for a longer deal at the start of the offseason, but as the recession’s effect on the market became more clear, he said he was happy with a two-year contract.

 

“It’s a bad situation. I’m not going to whine and complain (about my contract),” he said. “I’m pleased it’s a two-year deal. There’s time to build and see what happens. I hope it’s not just two years.”