Nationals Sign Outfielder Nate McLouth To Two-Year Deal

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The Washington Nationals made an addition to their bench according to FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal, signing veteran outfielder Nate McLouth to what is reportedly a two-year deal. McLouth, 32, played for the Baltimore Orioles in 2013.

There has been a lot of talk about the Washington Nationals pursuing left-handed bullpen additions but not much talk about how they would improve their bench, which was an issue in 2013. Nats' GM Mike Rizzo said bolstering the bench would be a focus going forward this winter, however, when he spoke to reporters this week after the deal with the Detroit Tigers for right-handed starter Doug Fister and this afternoon they have apparently added a left-handed hitting outfielder to the mix:

McLouth, 32, played for the Baltimore Orioles in 2013. The left-handed hitting, right-handed throwing veteran of nine MLB seasons put up a .258/.329/.399 line with 31 doubles and 12 HRs in 146 games and 593 plate appearances with the O's, over which he stole a career-high 30 bases and was worth +2.5 fWAR. The former Pirates, Braves and Orioles' outfielder plays all three outfield positions, though he spent most of his time in left field last season. Over the course of his career, he's put up a .250/.334/.418 line in 966 games in the majors.

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