Inbox: Any outfielders on trading block?

Inbox: Any outfielders on block?

With the glut of outfielders on the roster, who do you think has the best chance of getting traded?
-- Derek C., Ottawa, Canada

As of now, the only outfielders who are tradeable are Adam Dunn, Lastings Milledge and Willie Harris, but they are not going anywhere. They are just too valuable to the team. Everybody else is questionable, because most are coming off injuries.

Was Dunn a Type A free agent, and did the Nationals have to give up a Draft choice for signing him?
-- Phil L., Hershey, Pa.

Dunn was not a Type A free agent because the D-backs didn't offer him arbitration. That means the Nationals will not lose a 2009 Draft pick.

With the addition of Dunn, do you think Ryan Zimmerman will have a breakout year in 2009?
-- James C., Washington

My expectations of Zimmerman are always high, so, yes, I expect him to have a breakout season with Dunn in front of him. Zimmerman is likely to get a lot of pitches to hit. Here's what I think Zimmerman will do this season: .290 with 30 home runs and 110 RBIs.

What is the status of Dmitri Young? I can't find any information on him anywhere.
-- Steve D., Hayden, Ind.

Young is in camp and looks much better than he did late last year. It appears he lost weight in the offseason. As of now, however, Young is a long shot to make the team unless Nick Johnson gets hurt again.

Why aren't the Nationals trying to sign a pitcher like Pedro Martinez? He's at the end of his career, yes, but he could help the younger pitchers improve.
-- David P., Boucherville, Quebec, Canada

I think the Nationals should forget about signing an old veteran who is past his prime. I would stick with the kids in the rotation and let them learn from pitching coach Randy St. Claire.

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Everything I have been reading has Mike Hinckley set to be the main left-hander out of the bullpen. What does this mean for Mike O'Connor?
-- Paul M., Vienna, Va.

O'Connor is a long shot at best when it comes to making the 25-man roster. He has to show manager Manny Acta he can throw strikes on a consistent basis. The last time we saw O'Connor in the big leagues, he struggled to throw strikes and was hit hard.

You have mentioned that the organization is content with Harris as a reserve. If that's the case, who do you see as the leadoff hitter?
-- Eddie T., New York

I believe the leadoff hitter will be Anderson Hernandez, based on the .407 on-base percentage he had in 28 games last season. If that doesn't work out, I could see Cristian Guzman doing the job, but he is not going to draw a lot of walks.

If Johnson starts this season and is healthy and plays at the expectations people thinks he can, will he be back in 2010?
-- Juan F., Alexandria, Va.

Regardless of the season he has, I would be surprised if the Nationals signed Johnson to an extension because of his history with injuries. However, the team may change its mind at a later date.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.