Adam Dunn is still a National. It turned out the best offer Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo received was likely a middling starting pitcher, Edwin Jackson straight-up, for one of the best hitters in baseball. No thanks.
Kilgore’s excellent article now shifts the focus to re-signing the big man, which will cost significantly more than it would have six months ago, due to his great season. Kilgore also explains the Nats would receive draft picks, expensive ones, if they lose Adam Dunn to free agency.
Turns out out the fire sale was more of a yard sale; a late-model Matt Capps here and a Cristian Guzman laser disc. If Drew Storen is readyish to close, this should not hurt the team’s momentum. For a squad now beginning to get back lots of injured starters, 70+ wins looks very possible. Not bad for a team that lost 103 games two years in a row.