The Nationals have signed journeyman outfielder Tony Campana to a minor-league contract, taking a flyer on the speedy 28-year-old coming off reconstructive knee surgery.
The deal hasn’t been announced yet, but a club source confirmed the signing, first reported by CBSsports.com. The contract runs through the 2016 season.
Campana will report to the Nationals’ spring training complex in Viera, Fla., after spending the last month resuming baseball activities on his own following rehab for a torn ACL suffered in February before spring training with the White Sox.
A veteran of 257 big-league games with the Cubs, Diamondbacks and Angels, Campana is a career .249 hitter with a .296 on-base percentage and .288 slugging percentage. His specialty, though, is on the basepaths, where he owns 66 career stolen bases in 75 attempts.
That facet of his game makes Campana a potential addition to the Nationals’ roster in September and potentially in October as a pinch-running specialist.
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Sure, the Nationals and Orioles didn't make the playoffs, but that didn't stop a "Battle of the Beltways" moment from breaking out during NLCS Game 1.
Ex-National Gio Gonzalez started the game for the Brewers. In the second inning, ex-Oriole Manny Machado stepped to the plate for the Dodgers.
Here's what happened next:
If you squint, you can imagine the ball flying into the Nationals Park bullpen or the Camden Yards bleachers.
And in case you're wondering, we have indeed entered the Twilight Zone.
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The Washington Nationals picked up righty reliever Kyle Barraclough from Miami in their first offseason move to rebuild the bullpen.
The Nationals said Wednesday that they gave the Marlins international slot value in the deal.
The hard-throwing Barraclough went 1-6 with 4.20 ERA and 10 saves in 17 chances, with 61 appearances this year. He allowed one hit in 36 at-bats in June, when he was chosen NL reliever of the month, but struggled with his command the rest of the season.
Barraclough's ERA ballooned to 10.24 over his final 24 games and he lost the Marlins closer's job.
He has a career ERA of 3.21 with 279 strikeouts and 134 walks in 218 2/3 innings over four seasons, all with Miami.
Washington general manager Mike Rizzo is in need of relievers after jettisoning Shawn Kelley and Brandon Kintzler late this season.
The deal helps the Marlins in their pursuit of top international free-agent Victor Victor Mesa, a Cuban outfielder who tried out for major league scouts at Marlins Park last week.
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