Nationals do not trade Dunn before deadline [updated]
WASHINGTON — The Nationals did not trade first baseman Adam Dunn before the non-waiver trade deadline. He came out of the trainer’s room at 4:05 p.m. ET — five minutes after the deadline — and went into the locker room to put on his baseball uniform before speaking to several members of the team’s ownership group.
General manager Mike Rizzo stayed true to his word that he wanted a lot for Dunn, but opposing teams were not willing to give Washington what it wanted. Teams such as the Tigers, Rangers Rays, White Sox Yankees expressed interest in the left-handed hitting slugger.
One thing was certain, the Nationals were not going to trade Dunn to the White Sox for right-hander Edwin Jackson, who is having a below average season.
“The reason we didn’t trade Adam Dunn is that we never got a deal that we thought was equal or greater value than Adam Dunn,” Rizzo said. “We were on the receiving end of the calls. We were not making the calls. We received a lot of interest in Adam. We didn’t see a equal return to what Adam Dunn brings to the ball club on and off the field.
“We were engaged right up to the last couple of minutes with some teams. Like I said, we just couldn’t come up with a deal I thought was good enough for the type of player Adam Dunn is.”
But Dunn pointed that he could be traded before the Aug. 31st waiver deadline. On Aug 14, 2008, the Reds traded Dunn to the D-backs for catcher Wilkin Castillo and a player to be named later, which turned out to be right-hander Micah Owings.
Deals involving players on the 40-man roster cannot be made unless the players already have cleared waivers. In other words, the player must be offered to the other teams in reverse order of the standings, and if he is claimed by one of the teams, he cannot be traded.
The club that placed the player on waivers can either withdraw the request and keep the player, or let the player go to the claiming team, which would then have the rights to the player.
Dunn, who is a free agent after the season, is hoping to get a contract extension done before that date. He is looking to get a four-year deal, but is willing to listen to three-year offer.
“I am happy that I’m still here. I don’ know if a deal will get done, but I’m sure we will continue to work on it,” Dunn said.
Rizzo reiterated that he wanted to sign Dunn to an extension, but didn’t want to say how the negotiations were going.
“We are going to talk extension with Adam Dunn and his representative, but we are certainly not going to talk about it with the media,” Rizzo said. “Adam Dunn is a big part of our ballclub. We have shown that by not trading him for lesser value.”