Looks like Jermaine Dye won't be a National
Contract discussions between free agent outfielder Jermaine Dye and the Nationals that began in mid-March have ended without a deal being struck, and any future conversation between the sides appears unlikely, according to a source.
The Nationals and Dye's camp began talking shortly after the Nationals released Elijah Dukes on March 17, and talks had been ongoing since, the source said. The talks were amicable, the sides did not come to an agreement for a variety of reasons.
Dye, 36, hit 27 home runs last season for the Chicago White Sox and put up a .250/.340/.453 in average, on-base and slugging percentage. Dye's defensive UZR last year was -20.0, one of the worst ratings in the major leagues.
In lieu of trading for or signing an everyday right field, the Nationals have used a platoon of Willie Harris, Willy Taveras and Mike Morse, who is currently on the disabled list. The Nationals may also use Roger Bernadina, whom they called up to replace Morse.
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