Adam Dunn offered salary arbitration

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Nationals have offered salary arbitration to first baseman Adam Dunn, assuring the team of receiving draft pick compensation if he signs elsewhere as a free agent.

Major league clubs faced a deadline of Tuesday night at midnight to decide whether to offer eligible players arbitration. Players have until Nov. 30 to accept.

Dunn finished second in the NL with 38 homers in 2010, his seventh consecutive season with at least that many. He also led Washington with 103 RBIs, while hitting .260 and striking out 199 times.

Dunn turned 31 two weeks ago. He has a career batting average of .250, with 354 homers and 880 RBIs.

The Nationals listened to trade offers for Dunn at the July deadline but decided not to make a deal.

The Nationals said they did not offer salary arbitration to pitcher Miguel Batista, second baseman Adam Kennedy or utility players Willie Harris and Kevin Mench.

Also Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Rays offered salary arbitration to six of their 10 free agents, including outfielder Carl Crawford and closer Rafael Soriano.

The AL East champions also offered arbitration to outfielder Brad Hawpe and relief pitchers Grant Balfour, Randy Choate and Chad Qualls.

First baseman Carlos Pena and reliever Dan Wheeler were not offered arbitration. Pena was the highest-paid player on the team at $10.25 million last season, while Wheeler earned $3.5 million.

In Atlanta, the Braves cleared the way for Freddie Freeman to win the job at first base by declining to offer salary arbitration to Troy Glaus, Derrek Lee and Eric Hinske.

The Braves also said Tuesday they are not offering salary arbitration to outfielder Rick Ankiel and right-hander Kyle Farnsworth.

Freeman hit only .167 with one homer in 24 at-bats late this past season but is regarded as the team's top power prospect.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.