Adam Dunn's offensive firepower apparently isn't enough to compensate for his abysmal glove, as far as the Nationals are concerned.
According to MASN, the team will likely not re-sign Dunn, citing his poor defensive play as the main reason.
"I can tell you the only person in the front office who wants to re-sign him is the owner," said one scout. "He costs them half a run a game.You're involved in so many plays – pickoffs, scoops in the dirt, fielding plays – it's worse than it looks on paper."
Instead, the team will reportedly look to replace his bat with current Rays first baseman Carlos Pena or Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth.
The Nationals will likely offer Dunn arbitration because the team will then receive compensatory draft picks, if and when Dunn rejects the deal to look for a long-term contract in free agency.
Dunn was the subject of multiple trade rumors at the 2010 deadline, but he ultimately stayed put.
The Red Sox have been linked to Dunn, and in the American League he could see time at designated hitter, which would render his poor glove irrelevant.