It's looking less and less likely that Adam Dunn is going to return to the Washington Nationals. Despite his misgivings about being a designated hitter, Dunn reportedly met with the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday, according to Susan Slater of the San Francisco Chronicle.
The Chronicle learned this morning that the A's met with Adam Dunn in Houston yesterday, and according to an industry source, Oakland is considered a serious candidate to land a deal with the 31-year-old slugger.
Dunn seems to be a good fit for Oakland because the Athletics desperately need power hitting. They finished second-to-last in the American League in home runs last year. The issue is price. Dunn is likely to command over $60 million for the next four seasons, and that may be too much for Oakland. The Athletics are also considering Lance Berkman, who would arrive on a shorter-term contract.
Dunn would likely sign with the Athletics only if they gave him assurances that he would occasionally play in the field, either at first base or in the outfield.