Adam Dunn is getting close to writing off the Nats

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Adam Dunn was really enthused about signing a contract extension with the Nats earlier this year, but that enthusiasm has waned, Buster Olney reports, as the Nats have been less eager and trade speculation has risen.

On that count, Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo has said that it would take “an extraordinary deal” to trade Dunn. But if Rizzo is that attached to Dunn, you’d think that Rizzo would be working harder to do an extension. Because unlike a lot of guys, Dunn might very well accept an arbitration offer if one is made at the end of the season. And of course, if an offer isn’t made, the Nats won’t get a draft pick or two if Dunn changes course and decides to sign with another team.

I guess I could see the Nats and Dunn sort of waltzing passive-aggressively into another year together, but it doesn’t make a ton of sense.  If I’m Rizzo and I’m not sold on extending Dunn, I trade him right now.

Report: Shohei Ohtani has sprained UCL in pitching elbow

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The Angels signed Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani for a $2.3 million signing bonus last weekend. They may have damaged goods on their hands. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Ohtani underwent a physical that revealed a first-degree sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament. As a result, he got a platelet-rich plasma injection on October 20. This was made known to teams after Ohtani entered MLB’s posting system, so it wasn’t like the Angels went into this blind.

Ohtani’s report said, “Although partial damage of UCL in deep layer of his right UCL exists, he is able to continue full baseball participation with sufficient elbow care program.” It also said Ohtani “will most likely be available to start his throwing program approximately a month from the PRP.”

Passan notes that the report also mentioned that a “small free body” floats in Ohtani’s elbow near his UCL.

Ohtani isn’t without other injuries. He battled hamstring and ankle issues throughout 2017 and underwent right ankle surgery back in October. Thankfully for the Angels, this diagnosis is about as good as it could be considering the circumstances. However, if Ohtani does exacerbate his UCL issue, he may ultimately need Tommy John surgery at some point, which would take him out of action for at least a year.