The Nats hope that Adam Dunn can teach youngsters like Elijah Dukes and Lastings Milledge the patience not to swing at every pitch or innocent bystander.  Dunn will pick his teeth with the Washington Monument and quench his thirst with its reflecting pool.  Adam Dunn is not going to lose any fantasy value in Washington with the Nationals.  Adam Dunn could play in Petco and hit 40 home runs and strikeout 160 times.  Okay, he may hit 40 home runs and only drive in 50 RBIs.  I keed.  In the top 40 outfielders for 2009 fantasy baseball, I put Adam Dunn’s projections at 80/40/85/.245/5.  Those still seem about right.  Adam Dunn is predictable and for that, we like him.  The average is a drain.  But, again, you know that going in.  Unlike the Diamondbacks last year, you don’t want to put Dunn on a team with Krispie Young.

So Dunn is very predictable, but something here is less predictable.  Elijah Dukes after a box of wine?  Yes, but more importantly where is Dunn going to play.  Jim Bowden collects five-tool outfielders like Roberto Alomar rips condoms, so he has his outfield full with Bowden Fluffers and the no-tool outfielder, Josh Willingham.  So Dunn takes his blue ox over to 1st base and gives Nick Johnson his walking papers.  Unfortunately, Nick Johnson probably can’t walk because he’s injured.  This was Nick Johnson before the Adam Dunn signingthis is him after.

  1. The title of this post is very funny.

    If you were going to take a flyer on one Nats OF, who would it be? Dukes? Milledge? Or Dunn?

  2. Fman99 says:

    I am… in a world… of shit! Classic.

    Is Milledge still a good keeper for 2009? I’d like to think Kearns and Pena end up on the pine, Dunn plays 1B, and the outfield is Dukes/Milledge/Willingham assuming they all stay healthy.

    And Dmitri Young gains 60 lbs. and goes back on his diabetes meds.

  3. sean says:

    @BVV: There is no flier to be taken on Dunn. The guy is a legit 6th rounder with an ADP of 65. You find me the next source of 80/40/85 after Dunn… Trick question! There isn’t one…

    I’ve heard enough Mets hype about Milledge (not about his rap career or his penchant for high-fiving fans) that I think he HAS to perform at some point, but better prospects have been bigger busts…

    I think Dukes is the breakout candidate on this team. In 276 ABs last season, he went 48/13/44/13. In 500 ABs, he’s definitely a cheap source of 20/20. The problem, of course, is the very real potential that he’s a .265 hitter. Hopefully, he matures a bit in his plate approach and isn’t quite so allergic to taking pitches…

  4. @Baron Von Vulturewins: I like Dukes and Milledge for late draft fliers. Both have shown 20/20 potential. Dukes ha shown more patience at the plate and more power but he’s injury prone. I’d lean toward Milledge as he should play in more games, hit for a better AVG (less K’s), and steal more bases…

  5. 101 M.P.H. says:

    Adam Dunn will consume the National League East with fireballs from his eyes, and bolts of lightning from his arse.

  6. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    “Jim Bowden collects five-tool outfielders like Roberto Alomar rips condoms” … is it wrong to laugh at this? Yes, it’s wrong, but it hurts so good.

    @Rudy Gamble:
    ADP for the two:
    Milledge 136
    Dukes 255

    Thems top-25 numbers for Milledge. Can he be a top 25 OF? Also, doesn’t that make Dukes the perfect 5th OF?

  7. Tony says:

    gotta love some big country…. and does he want to win or make lotsa money? This contract just makes that decision.

  8. cruisinkc says:

    This is references back to an earlier question I had regarding keepers.
    Reminder my league is 10 teams and each team keeps 6. The league is roto 6X6 but there has been a recent change in an offensive category. We use to have doubles but now have replaced it with OPS. OPS heavily favors sluggers, which brings me to my question…
    Should I consider keeping adrian gonzalez now and stick him in my Utility spot or still keep one of my pitchers as my last keeper?

    My keepers so far: Tex, Rollins, Braun, Rollins, Markakis

    Last keeper possibilities: Gonzo, Billingsley, Beckett, James Shields

  9. Grey

    Grey says:

    @cruisinkc: Hmm… That is tough. Before I answer, can you tell me what the 6th category is for pitching?

  10. cruisinkc says:

    @Grey: quality starts

  11. Grey

    Grey says:

    @cruisinkc: I’d go Shields, Beckett, Gonzo then Bills, in that order. Beckett and Gonzo are very close, but I want Shields more than either.

  12. Yak says:

    Should I trade B. Phillips for Dye and Lind? i would have to drop either Snell or Pierre. It’s 5 OF and I currently have Rios, Crawford, Cust, Milledge, and Pierre starting at OF. I have Phillips at MI but can plug in Pherhaltah. Thanks

  13. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Yak: Not crazy about that trade.

  14. @IowaCubs: At those rates, I’ll take Dukes as my 5th OF over Milledge as my 3rd OF…

  15. Freak says:

    I hear that the Nats are shopping Johnson so Dunn will be at first.

  16. hess505 says:

    Dunn will be a huge asset to the Nationals but I do believe his fantasy value does indeed go down with this trade because until players like Elijah Dukes and Lastings Milledge stop swinging at everything, which be fixed overnight, Dunn will be hardly anybody to drive in or for anybody to drive him in…

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