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Nationals Offseason: White Sox Meet With Adam Dunn's Agent, Nationals Have Other Options

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Free Agency is very nearly among us, and Adam Dunn remains the biggest story of the offseason so far. According to Bruce Levine of ESPN, the White Sox, one of the teams that was rumored to be interested in trading for Adam Dunn before last July's trade deadline.

White Sox General Manager Kenny Williams reportedly met with Adam Dunn's agent to discuss what the free agent is expecting this season, as negotiations are not yet permitted.

Numerous teams, including Washington where Dunn spent the past two seasons, are interested in the left-handed slugger.

One major league general manager told ESPNChicago.com that the starting point for Dunn will be a three-year, $40-million deal.

It's no surprise that the Chi Sox are interested in Dunn. Manny Ramirez, the consolation prize they acquired when they couldn't get Dunn at the deadline, failed to impress.The Nationals are still interested in Dunn, but are also looking at other candidates to fill in a first base, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.

"We've talked internally about what our options are," General Manager Mike Rizzo said. "We've mapped out our strategy on players that we're going to be aggressive and go after. We're starting the implementing of the process.

"We're keeping all of our options open. Adam, he's opted to include himself in the free agent market. We certainly have to look at not only Adam, but other avenues also."

Some options include Carlos Pena, formerly of the Tampa Bay Rays, or even moving some of their outfield players to first. Whatever they choose to do, it will be with the hopes that they have improved their defense at the position. But all of their options will struggle to replace Dunn's bat.