WASHINGTON -- Entering Tuesday's action, the Nationals are in fifth place and 10 1/2 games behind the Braves in the National League East.
Nationals first baseman Adam Dunn admitted that he doesn't like it when asked if he will be dealt before the Trade Deadline. Dunn is in the last year of a two-year $20 million deal.
Dunn said nothing has been done in terms of getting a contract extension.
"I hear this every single year. This is part of baseball and signing two-year deals that I hate," Dunn said. "There is always a possibility of getting traded, but that is out of my control. I think we have a very good nucleus of guys here. I don't think we need to break up that corps."
General manager Mike Rizzo said the Nationals continue to have interest in signing Dunn to an extension. He said the team is pleased with his offense and defense, which has improved dramatically this season.
"We're looking into it," Rizzo said about Dunn's contract status. "We've been talking about him since Spring Training.
"Like I said, we are looking at every way to improve the club.
"We like where Adam's at offensively and defensively. He's a big part of the clubhouse and a big part of the middle of the lineup."