Chico Harlan, of The Washington Post, reports the Washington Nationals agreed on a preliminary deal with free-agent
first baseman/outfielder Adam Dunn (Arizona Diamondbacks) Wednesday, Feb. 11. Dunn will reportedly sign a two-year deal that could be announced as early as Thursday, Feb. 12, according to two sources. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Dunn will add a much needed source of power to the Nationals' lineup this season. The team ranked second worst in the National League in 2008 with just 117 home runs. He has been a consistent left-handed power bat, posting five straight seasons with at least 40 home runs. Last year with the Diamondbacks and Cincinnati Reds, he hit .236 with 40 home runs and 100 RBIs. He is not known for a high average, but he has a .381 career on-base percentage.
Dunn gives the team some flexibility. The team is expected to insert him at first base, but he has the ability to play left field and right field, too. Dunn's move to the nation's capital could prove a tad costly. Nationals Park is known to be a field that disfavors left-handed sluggers such as Dunn. However, his bombs tend to travel a long way.
Despite his move to an offensively challenged Nationals squad, Dunn is expected to remain a fantasy source of power numbers, although his RBI total should suffer. This news might cause fantasy owners to be hesitant, but he remains a solid pick who might fall to the early middle rounds and provide good value.
About Keith Hernandez
Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.
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