WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The Washington Nationals announced they’ve signed 32-year-old outfielder Nate McLouth to a two-year deal.
The signing adds to an offseason haul which already includes left-handed reliever Jerry Blevins, right-handed starter Doug Fister – acquired through a trade with Detroit – and new manager Matt Williams.
McLouth, a nine-year veteran with a career .250 average and .334 on-base percentage (and .418 slugging percentage), last played for the Orioles, where he hit 12 home runs with 31 doubles in 146 games in 2013.
McLouth is a threat on the base paths as well. He swiped 30 bags last season to bring him to 129 stolen bases in his career.
“We felt that it was a good time to really invest in a player who could really help us off the bench, and is multi-faceted,” Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said of the signing.
“This guy’s got some pop off the bench, he can play above-average defense at three outfield positions, and he can steal you a base,” he said. “He brings some speed and athleticism and some power off the bench.”
Read the full press release on the signing here.