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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.

By Adam Kilgore  |  April 12, 2010; 2:51 PM ET
 
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Dye would have been terrible in the field, and I'm not sure if his declining power would have helped us at all. He was terrible after the break.

I'd much rather stick with Taveras/Harris platoon, unless we can strike a deal for the beleaguered Corey Hart.

Posted by: CapitolWill | April 12, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

hart is starting to hit so I don't see him being traded any time soon

Posted by: nami322 | April 12, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I hate to say this but Lannan for Swisher would would work for both.

Posted by: hansenjo | April 12, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I don't want Dye either but Taveres/Harris need to be replaced.

Both can back up Morgan but niether is close to a starting corner outfielder. The only plus is that they are good defensively to make up for Willingham in left. If need be, make a deal for Ryan Church or even Brandon Moss from Pirates. Pagan from Mets would be upgrade too.

Posted by: Pensfans | April 12, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

If you're interested
http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100412&content_id=9246280¬ebook_id=9248314&vkey=notebook_was&fext=.jsp&c_id=was

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | April 12, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

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