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Elijah Dukes Gets It Right This Time

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For the Washington Nationals, trading for Elijah Dukes was a gamble. The good news is that the gamble appears to have paid off very well, in a relatively short period of time.

There were a number of teams who wouldn't have touched Elijah Dukes when the Nationals worked out a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays to acquire the troubled outfielder who had just potential on his side. Dukes had a long list of transgressions away from baseball and seemed like somewhat of a lost cause, considering that seemingly nobody had been able to get through to him during his short career...

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