Chicago Tribune baseball columnist Phil Rogers is hearing Adam Dunn wants a four-year, $60 million deal to stay with the Nationals.
Here's why that price could make an extension untenable, and possibly force the Nationals' hand to trade him: In the final year of that deal, Dunn would have 10-and-5 rights, meaning he'd have to give approval before the team could move him. Now, it's not a guarantee that Dunn's power will drop off as he gets into his 30s, but in the final year of that deal, he'd be 34, making $15 million and able to block a trade (he's mentioned numerous times this summer how he didn't want to be part of trade rumors this year).
So if the Nationals wanted to trade him, they'd have many of the same roadblocks that Cristian Guzman presents this year. That's why a four-year deal, to me, would seem scary for the Nationals.