Adam Dunn has said again and again that he'd like to stay in Washington, but perhaps the Nationals' lack of contract talks are wearing the slugger's patience thin.
On Monday he talked to the Chicago Sun-Times ' Gordon Wittenmyer and sounded like someone with a wandering eye.
When Wittenmyer said it sounded like a good fit between the Cubs -- who don't have a first baseman for 2011 -- and Dunn, Dunn agreed.
"Hopefully," he said. "You never know."
Part of Dunn's infatuation is playing in Wrigley Field, a homer-friendly park for a homer-friendly hitter.
In eight years with the Reds in the National League Central, Dunn's made his mark on Wrigley Field. He's hit 25 homers there as a visitor and has an OPS of 1.061 there in 66 games.
''[Wrigley Field's] obviously one of my favorite parks to hit in,'' said Dunn. ''I've always really enjoyed playing there. The atmosphere is great there for any player. The fans are always hard on the other team, which makes it fun.''
Dunn also said he knows Cubs general manager Jim Hendry from when he was in Cincinnati. "He's one of my favorites," Dunn said.
The last time Dunn was a free agent, the Cubs weren't interested, but since he's moved to first base and the Cubs have an opening, it seems like a natural fit. Dunn signed a two-year, $20 million discount deal with the Nationals before the 2009 season. Dunn's certainly looking for more money and more years this time around. That could be a sticking point for the Cubs.
Or at least one current Cub thinks so: "I don't know if they're going to spend the money," Aramis Ramirez told Wittenmyer. "But Dunn would fit anybody's lineup. But they're going to have to spend a lot of money to get [him]."
Although Dunn is a better fit for the American League because of his atrocious defense, he doesn't want to be a designated hitter at this stage of his career and the only way to avoid that is to play in the league without on and the Cubs would be a great fit.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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