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The Nationals have been in touch with free agent outfielder Gerardo Parra

Gerardo Parra

Baltimore Orioles’ Gerardo Parra follows through with a double against the New York Yankees in the third inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader in Baltimore, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

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After it was reported last week that the Nationals were trying to add an outfielder, Bill Ladson of MLB.com hears that the club has been in touch with Gerardo Parra.

This is a scenario that could have some legs. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo knows Parra well, as he signed him to his first contract when he worked for the Diamondbacks. While advanced metrics suggest that the 28-year-old took a big step back defensively last season, he has experience at all three outfield positions and has won two Gold Glove Awards.

Adding a fourth outfielder to a group which includes Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth, and Michael A. Taylor makes a lot of sense. At the very least, Parra could be used as part of a platoon with Taylor while giving the Nationals another left-handed bat.

Parra batted .291/.328/.452 with 14 home runs, 51 RBI, and 14 stolen bases last season between the Brewers and Orioles. He’s said to be looking for a multi-year contract.

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