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Elijah Dukes Released by Nationals: Should Yankees Pursue Him?

Tampa Bay prospect Elijah Dukes was released by the Nationals today.

Supposedly, this had nothing to do with off-the-field concerns, of which there have been many over the years.

According to The Washington Post, it was simply about baseball:

Manager Jim Riggleman said it was a strictly baseball decision. “We like some of our other options in right field, really,” Riggleman said. “Elijah was great.”

To be honest, that’s hard to believe. Dukes is entering his age 26 season. Last year, he batted a mediocre .250/.337/.393, good for an OPS+ of 93. However, the year before, at age 24, he batted .264/.386/.478, good for an OPS+ of 127.

Dukes plays all three outfield positions, though ...

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