Nats Sign Nate McLouth
The Nationals agreed to terms on a two-year deal with free agent outfielder and left-handed hitter Nate McLouth, according to the Washington Post. McLouth spent most of the past two seasons serving as Baltimore’s primary left fielder last season.
McLouth, 32, played 146 games for the Orioles and posted a .258/.329/.400 slash with a .729 OPS. McLouth boasts a career .334 on-base percentage and won a Gold Glove for his center field play for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2008. He hit 12 home runs in 2013, and hit 46 between 2008 and 2009 when he played everyday. He’ll likely fill a 4th outfielder role with the Nats behind Harper, Span and Werth.
Garrett Jones To The Marlins
MLB Trade Rumors reports the terms of the deal as $2.5 million for 2014 and $5 million for the 2015 season.
Jones, 32, batted .233/.289/.419 with 15 home runs in 144 games for the Pirates last season. The outfielder/first baseman slugged 27 homers the previous season.
Report suggest that this signing could be a precursor to a trade involving Logan Morrison, the Marlins’ incumbent first baseman and the subject of many trade rumors.
Arencibia Inks Deal With Rangers
The Rangers and catcher J.P. Arencibia have agreed to a one year deal worth about $1.8 million dollars with an additional $300K in incentives, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Arencibia, 27, had an awful season in 2013 batting .194/.227/.365 with a 59 OPS+ and a .592 OPS. He did wallop 21 home runs but did more damage than good offensively.
CBS Sports says that his on-base percentage was the lowest in baseball history among players to hit 20+ homers in a season.