It's O'Brien's policy not to have contract extension talks with players during the season. Dunn said he respects that policy.
"I understand," he said. "If that's how they do it, that's how they do it. I don't have a problem with that."
But after a season in which he's seen the team struggle, his good buddy Austin Kearns exiled to Triple-A Louisville for more than a month, his good buddy Danny Graves designated for assignment and his beloved massage chair removed from the clubhouse without prior warning, would Dunn be willing to sign a long-term deal with the club?
"I wouldn't mind at least talking about it," he said. "I just don't know what's going through their minds. I have no idea."
Despite being in the dark and enduring all the trials and tribulations this 2005 season has brought, Dunn said he still has strong feelings for the organization.
"I love it here," he said. "You start to get comfortable in places. I love the team, I love the guys, I love everything about it. The only thing that stinks about the situation right now is we're losing."
If the Reds were smart they'd make Dunn the face of the team. Plaster his mug on billboards, commercials, the works. He seems to have a great attitude, and he's one of the best players in baseball, so they ought to market him.
I'm frankly stunned that he's saying such nice things about the Reds. Hopefully DanO doesn't let him get away.