ESPN's Jeff Passan reports that the Washington Nationals have signed veteran infielder Dee Strange-Gordon to a minor league contract. Despite MLB being in a lockout, the Nationals can sign the second baseman due to him not playing in the league last season.
Last year, Strange-Gordon spent the year in the minor leagues with four different organizations. The 33-year-old began last season in the Cincinnati Reds minor league system before releasing him.
He then went on to sign with the Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago Cubs, and Pittsburgh Pirates. Strange-Gordon didn't play a major league game for any of those franchises.
In 2020, Strange-Gordon's last MLB season, he appeared in 33 games for the Seattle Mariners with a .200 batting average, 0 home runs, and three RBIs.
During the 2019 season, his last full campaign, he batted .275 with three home runs and 34 RBI.
Washington had Josh Harrison play most of the second base games before he was traded to the Oakland Athletics in July. Luis García would get his share of starts at second base following the deadline as the Nationals began their rebuild, giving some young players a look for 2022.
Strange-Gordon isn't the only veteran infielder that Washington has signed this off-season. The team also signed César Hernández to a one-year deal.