Dunn puts everything in perspective regarding Strasburg

While the Nationals are trying to sign Stephen Strasburg to a record contract, first baseman Adam Dunn put it all in perspective regarding the right-hander recently. 

“I’m on the fence about it, because the organization is doing everything it possibly can, from what I hear, to sign him and not embarrass him or the organization,” first baseman Adam Dunn said. “I heard that they already offered him a record contract. How much more does he need?

“It’s very frustrating for me, and I can imagine it’s frustrating for everybody in here. I can understand how frustrating it is for ownership. I wish they would hurry up and get it done.”

Though Dunn believes that Strasburg could make a difference, he also believes there is a risk in signing him. In 1999, for example, the Reds drafted a left-hander named Ty Howington. Dunn went so far as to call Howington the best pitcher he’d ever seen and thought that Howington would play in the Majors, but he never advanced past Double-A because of shoulder problems.

“He was a [six-foot-five] lefty who threw 95 miles per hour,” Dunn said. “Personally, he was the best I’ve ever seen. I knew he would be in the big leagues the next year, at 20 years old, pitch for 20 years and be the best player ever. I really thought that. But there are a lot of things that could happen.”

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