Hours after making their free agent deal with second baseman Daniel Murphy official, the Nationals did the same with infielder Stephen Drew by announcing his one-year contract.
Right-hander Taylor Hill was designated for assignment to clear room on the 40-man roster for Drew.
Drew, 32, adds even more depth for the Nationals as a left-handed hitter who can play both middle infield positions. He spent the 2015 season with the Yankees and hit .201 with 17 homers and 44 RBI. In 1,152 career MLB games he holds a .251/.318/.421 slash-line.
Drew is likely to fill a bench role with Murphy at second base and either Danny Espinosa or Trea Turner starting at shortstop. He is a 10-year MLB veteran having also spent time with the Red Sox, Athletics and Diamondbacks. Drew won a World Series with Boston in 2013.
Hill, 26, pitched in the big leagues for the Nationals in both 2014 and 2015. He has a 6.00 ERA in nine total MLB appearances.