07/08/09 8:00 AM ET
Rizzo: Dunn will not be traded
Nats acting GM states slugging outfielder will stay in D.C.
By Bobbie Dittmeier / MLB.com
"We are not trading Adam Dunn," Rizzo said during an appearance on ESPN 980 in Washington, D.C. "That's as definitive as I can be."
Dunn, who left the Diamondbacks as a free agent last offseason and signed a two-year, $20 million contract with the Nationals in February, is batting .266 with 22 home runs and 59 RBIs. He has hit 40 or more homers in each of the past five seasons, including exactly 40 in each of the past four seasons. He hit his 300th career homer on Saturday against the Braves.
While Rizzo said earlier in the intereview that "it's my job to listen to any and all offers that teams bring to us," he also said, "By no means is Adam Dunn on the trading block. We do not want to move Adam Dunn. We acquired him to keep him in the long-term. He's having an All-Star type of first half, he's a leader in the clubhouse and he's the anchor of the middle of our lineup."
Dunn played the first seven-plus seasons of his Major League career with the Reds. The left-handed-hitting left fielder was frequently the subject of trade rumors as Cincinnati had a losing record in each of those seasons. He was dealt to the D-backs in a four-player trade last August.
Informed of Rizzo's comments, Dunn told The Washington Post: "Good. That's good. I've heard a lot of different things, the rumors, and it's every year with me. But that's really nice to know. That's one thing I don't have to worry about -- packing."
Bobbie Dittmeier is an editor/producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.