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A scout's take

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Dmitri Young, Washington Nationals' 33-year-old first baseman

Abilities / / He's a hitter. Hitters hit what's thrown to them. Throw him a pitch that's up or outside and he'll get his bat on the same plane, make contact and have a chance to get on base. He can't play first [well]. He's a hitter and he's interesting and he's exciting. But he is not even average [defensively].

Off-field issues / / Everyone has problems on or off the field. Scouts, in general, don't care about that stuff. You have a manager and coaching staff for a reason, to deal with that. The World Series is filled with guys who couldn't get along for some reason or another, but a manager's job is to get the best out of a team.

Overall / / He's always been a good hitter, and he is doing well for the Nationals. He is the type of free agent where everyone says, "Shoot. We should have gone after him."

Note: "A scout's take" features one major league scout's opinion on a particular player each week. A revolving roundtable of scouts is used. Because of potential tampering issues, the scouts are anonymous.

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