The Nationals made perhaps their most widely-expected move of the offseason today, offering free agent first baseman Adam Dunn arbitration. The move, confirmed by a team source, means the Nationals would get two draft picks if the slugger signs with another team.
If Dunn decided to accept arbitration, he would likely make $15-$16 million with the Nationals next season, though they'd be right back where they were this season: trying to decide whether to trade him in July or lock him up with a multi-year deal. With the signings of Aubrey Huff and Victor Martinez today, though, it's looking like this might be a favorable climate for Dunn to get the long-term deal he's been seeking, so accepting arbitration wouldn't seem to make much sense.
One more primer on how the arbitration process works: Since Dunn is a Type A free agent, the Nationals would get his new team's first-round pick and a compensatory pick between the first and second rounds if he leaves. If Dunn signs with a team picking in the top 18, though, the Nationals would get that team's second-round pick, as well as a compensatory pick. They'd also get bumped down to a second-rounder if Dunn's new team signed a higher-ranked Type A free agent than Dunn.