Re: O'Brien: signing Dunn to long term deal will be a priority after first of year
There are a lot of things that go into signing him long term. Reasons why he should and probably did wait:
Dunn was probably upset about the Casey move, DOB thought Dunn should be given a month to think over the deal so he is more likely to sign (let alone for less)
Waiting gives DOB more time to prove that he is trying to improve the team. Maybe a trade for a pitcher is in the works, which would help convince him that to stay.
Maybe after that "big trade," Austin Kearns is STILL on the team. This alone should get Dunn to sign a deal, and ask for less than he would if Kearns was shipped out.
You do not want a disgruntaled super-star that just signed a long term deal. I don't think waiting til now is a bad thing.