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01/29/10 4:57 PM EST

Nationals, Dunn begin extension talk

First baseman looking to remain with club past 2010 season

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals and first baseman Adam Dunn talked about a contract extension on Friday, but Dunn said the talks are at "stage zero" at this point.

Dunn, who attended the team's second annual Hot Stove Luncheon, said he is pleased that both sides are on the same page. Dunn and Rizzo did not talk about years or dollars. Rizzo just wanted Dunn to know that the team would like to have him past 2010.

"It's something I want to do and it's something, hopefully, they are interested in doing," Dunn said. "We haven't had any talks. It's good to know that we are on the same page as far as me wanting to be here and them wanting me here."

Dunn is coming off one of the better seasons of his career, hitting a career high .267 with 38 home runs and 105 RBIs.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.