In hindsight, knowing now that the Nationals had been at least strongly considering moving on from Elijah Dukes for weeks if not months, it raises questions about how the team approached the roster make-up this off-season. In particular, it's puzzling why the team never even made an effort to sign Johnny Damon, an underpaid near-all-star player who had no home at all less than a month ago.After badly overplaying his hand in negotiations with the Yankees, Johnny Damon ended up without a team until late February. He eventually signed with Detroit for one year and $8 million. Damon gave the Yankees 6.8 wins above replacement over the last two seasons--not quite all-star level, but enough to make him the second or third best player on the Nationals. CHONE projects him to hit .268 / .350 /...

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