Twitter Poll: Who should replace Dunn?
On Thursday, I asked my Twitter followers this question: If the Nats don’t re-sign Adam Dunn, who should play first base for them in 2011? Here is what some of the followers had to say. Some of the answers are hilarious.
@CurlyWashington: Michael Morse. He is a natural infielder who can hit for average and power with enough playing time. It will open right field for Bryce Harper.
@Nationalsreview: Don Mattingly circa 1986. Why? OPS, his glove and his mustache. If they can’t get the 1986 Donnie Baseball, then Russell Branyan with a mustache.
@Jeffrey_Bergin: I would try a one-year incentive-based deal on Derrek Lee for $5 million.
@TheSullyDC: No shot at signing a good first baseman. Get Derek Norris up there as soon as possible.
@nat_meg: Me. I’ll do it — and on the cheap, too.
@22qnf1: Adam LaRoche. He’s a consistent hitter and pretty good defensive first baseman. Plus he won’t’ break the bank either.
@TheSeanWyatt: Bryce Harper. Just because …
@jcj5y: So many variables are in play, but I’d put Morse at 1B, buy a cheap, defense-oriented outfielder and spend on pitching.
@natsreportjon: Not Carlos Pena because he is obviously on the downside of his career and has a negative UZR.
@JackoBeam: I agree with @natsreportjon. But if not Pena, who else? A no-win situation
@CDublin: Carlos Pena because I’m sick of having scrub young players at every position. We don’t have a good young first baseman.
@JFLANland: If we don’t re-sign Dunn, but somehow get Carl Crawford, Josh Willingham or Morse should play first. I would rather have Dunn and Crawford.
@CraigMac: I can. I can also guarantee that I’ll strike out at least 200 times. I’ll accept a three-year deal as well!
@NatsFanInUK: Platoon Morse and Jesus Flores at first base.
@thebrowncoat: Mike Rizzo.
@cassander42: Who cares? Dunn is the best 1st baseman available. If the Nats don’t sign him, they don’t care about winning. Period.
@IBALLZACH: If trading isn’t an option, then probably Willingham or Morse. Free- agent wise, a guy like Lee or Aubrey Huff wouldn’t be too bad.
@autobits: LaRoche: He is a decent hitter and a solid defender. I wouldn’t mind Morse for the same reasons. I don’t want Pena, who is getting old fast.
@szul: Assuming they don’t sign a replacement? Morse. Give the guy more playing time to prove he’s an everyday player.
@gopherballs: Morse. He’s capable of handling the position and there isn’t a reason to sign a “big-name” guy. I also like LaRoche
@NatsEnquirer: Wil Nieves because who needs offense at first base?
@R1cketyCr1cket: Make a trade for Adrian Gonzalez and sign him to a long-term contract. They should consider him in the same class as Mark Teixeira.
@DCyetti: Kevin Mench, because manager Jim Riggleman wants him around.
@ZachMyles: Willingham: He could hit the heck out of the ball, but Hammer doesn’t have range. The outfield should be Roger Bernadina, Nyjer Morgan and Morse.