Nationals Not Considering Jermaine Dye As Dukes Replacement

Just this morning, after the Washington Nationals granted an unconditional release to presumed starting right fielder Elijah Dukes, there was a lot of chatter about how the team planned to give Dukes' playing time to a group of internal replacements. However, with Jermaine Dye still on the market, attention naturally drifted in his direction, as some began to wonder whether GM Mike Rizzo would go high-profile. Says Rizzo: No.

Rizzo also said the Nationals will consider looking outside the organization for a replacement, although they team has not discussed free agent Jermaine Dye.

The 36 year old Dye has clobbered 187 home runs over the past six years, but he's spent all of that time playing in a hitter-friendly ballpark, and the slugger is also known as one of the worst defensive outfielders in baseball. So while he comes with considerable name value, he is not a good fit in Washington, and Rizzo's front office recognizes as much.

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