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Jermaine Dye declines contract offer from Nationals

Apr 12, 2010, 7:01 PM EDT

Jermaine Dye headshot.jpgAccording to Bill Ladson of, the Nationals offered free agent outfielder Jermaine Dye a contract, however it wasn’t enough for him to uproot his family to the D.C. area.

Meanwhile, Ben Goessling of reports that the club hasn’t had discussions with Dye “in a while” and they seem content to move forward with a platoon of Willie Harris and Willy Taveras in right field, based on “sabermetrics analysis.” 

Remember, Dye also failed to come to an agreement with the Brewers before the end of spring training, so it would seem that he’s exhausted all of his options by now. The 36-year-old outfielder batted .251/.340/.453 with 27 homers and 83 RBI last season, decent enough numbers overall, however he batted just .179 in 212 at-bats after the All-Star break.

  1. Ryan - Apr 12, 2010 at 7:57 PM

    I fail to see why this is a problem. Isn’t there some dude earning 400k right now that could replace whatever Dye’s creaky joints will produce? He’s a crappy outfielder and a first year first baseman, that can’t be hard to find in Quad-A. Let him retire, he’s made his share. I’m not going to BR to verify, but he’s gotta 10 year vet at this point too.

  2. Scott - Apr 21, 2010 at 12:39 AM

    I think the red sox should give him a chance both Drew and Ortiz Are batting in 140’s to 170’s i think he could come in play some DH maybe get a couple of games in the outfield due to the injuries to Cameron and Ellsbury i think he could give us some power maybe out of the 5th spot and i think he would have resurgence for his career hitting in fenway his swing is built perfect for fenway

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