Continuing with the minor league signings, the Nationals also added veteran outfielder Jason Michaels on a minor league contract late last week. Michaels, who’ll be 36 in May, has spent parts of 11 seasons in the Major Leagues. He’s largely been a part time player during that span, batting .263/.335/.407 with 59 HR and 299 RBI in 2,629 career plate appearances.
He spent most of the 2011 season with Houston, struggling to a .199/.256/.295 line in just 169 plate appearances due to a variety of nagging injuries. Michaels doesn’t have much speed but does have experience playing all three outfield positions.
Nationals manger Davey Johnson has publicly stated he is hoping to fill the bench with veteran players to help guide and mentor the younger members of the roster. Michaels could fill that role, if he can play well enough in the Spring to win a spot on the roster.