Adam Dunn boasts one of the only legitimate power bats on the free agent market this winter and he should be able to cash in. But it sounds like he’s not going to be back with the Nationals, at least not at their current offer.
Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nats have had a three-year proposal on the table for three months. Dunn obviously has not accepted and Ladson suspects that the slugger is hoping for a contract of at least four years in length.
Dunn, 30, posted a .260/.356/.536 batting line and 38 home runs in 158 games for the Nats this season, collecting a team-high 105 RBI along the way. He’s not a good defensive first baseman, but every team is trying to improve offensively and Dunn would make a difference at the heart of any lineup.
The Cubs are known to have some level of interest but they won’t be alone in making bids.
Clayton Kershaw had nothing left to prove when he exited the mound during his last Cactus League start on Friday. He finished camp with a 0.00 ERA, made all the more impressive after he extended his scoreless streak to 21 1/3 innings following 6 2/3 frames of one-hit ball against the Royals.
In six spring training starts this year, the Dodgers southpaw racked up 12 hits, four walks and 23 strikeouts. His velocity appeared to fluctuate between the high-80s and low-90s from start to start, but manager Dave Roberts told reporters that he expects Kershaw to get back up to the 93 m.p.h. range next week. Kershaw is tabbed for his eighth consecutive Opening Day start on Thursday.
The 30-year-old lefty is poised to enter his 11th season with the club in 2018. He went 18-4 in 27 starts last year and turned in a 2.31 ERA, 1.5 BB/9 and 10.4 SO/9 over 175 innings. He suffered his fair share of bumps and bruises along the way, including a lower back strain that required a five-week stay on the disabled list.
The Dodgers will open their season against the Giants on Thursday, March 29 at 7:08 PM ET. Given the sudden rash of injuries that hit the Giants’ rotation earlier today, Kershaw’s Opening Day opponent has not yet been announced.