The story was that the Nationals were going to take this week to try to get Adam Dunn signed to a contract extension, and if that didn’t work, they’d trade him. Their definition of “try to get Adam Dunn signed to a contract extension” probably needs work, though, because according to Ken Rosenthal, the Nats have made zero progress on that front, and haven’t even made Dunn a single offer.
You’d assume this means that the Nats are more intent on trading Dunn than they have heretofore let on, though scuttlebutt about that has remained at a minimum. The same old stuff about the White Sox being interested. One interesting note that the Rays inquired last week, but that the Nats demanded Matt Garza in return, which is kind of nuts.
You’d still think that the Nats can do better than the couple of draft picks they’d get if they held on to Dunn and let him walk this offseason, but as of now, it seems like the Nats have been kinda paralyzed into inaction.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.