It’s put out there by the Enquirer this morning…
After Castellini said in the press conference that he wants Dunn back next year…
Later on, Castellini spoke a little more on the Dunn issue.
“It’s very difficult to replace that kind of offense,” Castellini said. “And I think Adam is ready to step up and be a leader on this team.”
Castellini and Dunn had lunch just before the season ended. There was a meeting of the minds.
“Adam definitely wants to be here, and he wants to win,” Castellini said.
Dunn, 27, had his best year statistically – .264, 40 home runs, 106 RBI, 101 runs, 101 walks.
Keeping that kind of production in the lineup long term is something the Reds are looking at.
“That’s always a thought,” Castellini said when asked about a longer-term contract for Dunn.
Dunn is open to a possible multi-year contract extension.
“That’s the way I prefer to do it, so I don’t have to hear trade talk every year,” he said.
Now, this is exciting news.
I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.