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.