Nationals sign OF Nate McLouth
The Nationals are adding some much-needed depth to their outfield.
The Nationals were looking to add a left-handed bat and some depth for the outfield this winter, and the 32-year-old former outfielder is a "perfect fit" thanks to his versatility, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. McLouth has played all three outfield positions in his nine-year career. However, as a member of the Orioles over the past two seasons, he saw only 26 innings in center. Defensively he has been below average at at all three positions in that time. Rosenthal notes that while McLouth will be the team's fourth outfielder, he is expected to see "significant at-bats."
The Nationals struggled to find effective bench players in 2013. Of their eight starting position players, only two posted below-average OPS+ numbers, but no other player with at least 50 plate appearances hit better than 31 percent below league average by OPS+. McLouth should represent a significant upgrade in his new supporting role.
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