As expected, Adam Dunn declined arbitration from the Nationals tonight, according to a release from the MLB Players Association. The first baseman, who's a Type A free agent, could still return to the Nationals if they resign him in free agency, but they would get two draft picks if he signs with another team.
Dunn is reportedly seeking a four-year deal worth $60 million, and is sure to be emboldened by the four-year, $50 million contract the Tigers gave Victor Martinez last week. Only two of the 27 free agents eligible for arbitration accepted it, adding further evidence to the idea the 2010 free agent market is tilted heavily toward the players.
Dunn is cool to the idea of being a full-time designated hitter, but his best offers could come from American League teams seeking a slugger. At this point, the Nationals aren't likely to get him back unless the market for Dunn dries up and the team is still seeking a first baseman later in the winter.