Dunn hopes extension gets settled soon

Dunn hopes extension gets settled soon

WASHINGTON -- Nationals first baseman Adam Dunn reiterated Sunday that there isn't a deadline when it comes to getting a contract extension, but acknowledged he would like to get something done so he doesn't have to hear his name in trade rumors.

As of Sunday, Dunn doesn't know how the negotiations are going. He instructed his agent, Greg Genske, not to tell him anything until progress is made.

Dunn is coming off one of his best seasons, hitting .267 with 38 home runs and 105 RBIs.

"I would like to have some serious talks soon. If not, we have a long offseason [to get something done]," Dunn said. "I don't have a time line. [But] I don't want this thing lingering on until July. But things are going good, as far as negotiations. It's not going to affect me one way or the other. I look at it as a trade deadline thing. I don't want every single day [someone asking how the negotiations are going]. I don't want that to happen."

Playing baseball isn't the only reason Dunn wants to stay with the Nationals. He believes the team is on the rise, and loves living in the nation's capital and viewing the historical scenery around the city.

"This team is going in the right direction, and I'm all for it," Dunn said. "There are a lot of things to be excited about. I feel comfortable here. I think I fit in really well here. My family loves it here. It seems like a great fit. When we do something special here, I want to be part of it.

"I like the historical stuff. You are not going to find anything like that in the world. It's awesome. It's a cool city. I wish I had more time to spend here to visit all that stuff. It's nice."