Nationals sign two free agents to minor league deals

Updated: January 9, 2014

The Washington Nationals have signed two veteran major leaguers to minor league deals with spring training invites.

Former Washington Nationals 2B Jamey Carroll was signed to a minor league deal. Carroll played for the Nationals in their inaugural 2005 season, appearing in 113 games. The 40 year old veteran batted .211 least season between Minnesota and Kansas City. Those numbers were down from a decent 2012 season in which he batted After .268/.343/.317 in 537 plate appearances and playing solid defense at shortstop, second and third for Minnesota in 2012. Carroll Did reach a career milestone by collecting his 1,000th base hit.

Carroll will compete for the utility infield role that is vacant a due to the departure of Steve Lombardozzi who was traded to Detroit for starting pitcher Doug Fister.

The Nats also signed veteran infielder Mike Fontenot to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training. Last year marked the first season since 2006 in which Fontenot didn’t appear at the Major League level. He spent the duration of the campaign with the Rays’ Triple-A affiliate, batting .264/.335/.379 in 120 games. The 33 years old veteran will join Carroll in competition for a utility infield role. Those two new signees will compete with Danny Espinosa, Zach Walters, and Will Rhymes.