I appreciate Bill Ladson’s enthusiasm/interest in the Nationals, but I wonder how he could possibly come up with some of these personnel ideas for the Nationals and actually think they are remotely wise moves. I realize some of these are rumors that he’s hearing from the Nats’ front office. Here my are comments in response to these suggestions for a potential Adam Dunn replacement:
Carlos Pena, Rays: He hit .196 this season. Please be serious.
Aubrey Huff, Giants: He hit .290/26/86 this season. He will be 34 in a few months. Next season he’ll be lucky to go .270/24/78. Is that really an upgrade?
Paul Kornerko, White Sox: He’ll be 35 years old next season. He had 100 RBIs for the first time in 4 years. Yes, he had a renaissance year. It’s not going to happen again.
Adam LaRoche, D-Backs: He hit .261 this year. Dunn hit .260. Only if he comes real cheap.
James Loney, Dodgers: Not much power and hit .267 this year. I’m still firmly against a trade for someone like this when you could sign a free agent who has better numbers without giving up a player.
Josh Willingham: Willingham has played three games at the first base. Why would the Nats think his defense at 1B would be any better than Dunn’s? This is a ridiculous suggestion.
Jayson Werth, Phillies: He will be 32 early next season and will be looking for a final big contact for financial security. He can’t even get to 100 RBI batting in a potent Phillies lineup. If the Nats sign him, look for him to average .255/22/70 over most of 3 seasons before being released by the team. You heard it here first.