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Report: Nationals Unlikely To Extend Josh Willingham

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Josh Willingham has become somewhat of a forgotten man on the Nationals. Everyone wants to talk about Adam Dunn's pending free agency, the potential courtship of Cliff Lee in the offseason and Stephen Strasburg's elbow is never too far off people's minds. When Willingham was out there, he was one of the best players in the National League, and he's only under contract for one more year.

If he had things his way, he would stay with the Nationals and sign a new contract extension. But according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, the Nats aren't likely to give him a contract extension this offseason.

"I think we're going to take him one year at a time, like we've been doing," Rizzo said. "That's the short answer. But things are fluid, and they could always change. We'll see what the season brings us."

That doesn't sound too promising. But that also makes sense for a player that is coming off a knee injury. It's smart to wait and see how the knee reacts when he tries to play. There has been nothing that indicates  Willingham will be unable to return to his previous level, but it's always better to wait and see.