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The club needs to end the Elijah Dukes experiment. On his good days, Dukes is a negative presence in the clubhouse, and he simply can’t stay healthy enough to be consistent. And while the club is excited about what Justin Maxwell showed at the end of last season, his performance wasn’t enough to stake right field on for 2010.

Mike Cameron would be a great fit in right field and probably can be had for a reasonable one-year deal. He hit 24 home runs and drove in 70 runs last year with the Brewers at age 36 and is considered one of the great clubhouse presences in baseball.

Of course, none of this matters if all the Nationals have to show for their offseason shopping spree is an aging backup catcher.

That’s a luxury this team can’t afford without the rest of the spending that hopefully will follow.

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