Dunn not letting trade rumors get to him
Nats slugger confident in options whether he's dealt or not
WASHINGTON -- With less than a day to go before Saturday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline, first baseman Adam Dunn is still with the Nationals, and the left-handed-hitting slugger doesn't know where he will end up after Saturday.
Dunn's name has been linked to the White Sox, Rangers and Angels. Dunn acknowledged that he didn't like hearing his name in trade rumors. In fact, he denied a report from ESPN.com that the Nationals told him that he would not be traded to the White Sox.
"I haven't heard anything," Dunn said. "You get tired of hearing it. You can't even watch TV. Whatever, I don't know how else to put it. I guess it's part of it. I have gone through it before. It probably would bother people more than it does me. My options are awesome. You can't have better options than what I have."
Dunn could go to a pennant contender and become a free agent after the season. Dunn said recently that he is looking for a four-year deal, but would listen to Washington about a three-year offer.
General manager Mike Rizzo hasn't changed his stance when it comes to trading Dunn. Rizzo wants a lot in return.
"There are a lot of teams interested in Dunn," Rizzo said. "We have many options with him, and we are going to do what's best for long-term viability of the franchise. The closer to the Deadline it gets, the more pressure it is [for opposing teams] to come up with something that makes sense for me to trade one of the best offensive players in baseball."
Ramos to get shot with Nats in September
WASHINGTON -- Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said that catcher Wilson Ramos, acquired from the Twins in the Matt Capps trade, will be a September callup. The team feels he is Major league ready.
Rizzo wasn't sure if Ramos would play every day once he is called up, though.
"We feel he has the potential to become an everyday player," Rizzo said. "We do have a Hall of Famer that is an everyday Major League catcher on the club already [in Ivan Rodriguez]. We have to see how that all plays out and how [manager] Jim [Riggleman] sees fit."
The Nationals needed catching depth because Jesus Flores has missed the entire season with a right shoulder injury, and there isn't a timetable on when he will return to the big leagues. Flores has dealt with the injury since May 2009, when he was hit by a foul tip off the bat of D-backs outfielder Chris Young.
Washington's other top catching prospect, Derek Norris, has also missed a lot of time because of injuries. He still needs to work on his game behind the plate.