September 14, 2011; Boston, MA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Mark Teahen (20) bunts the ball during the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

Nationals Sign Mark Teahen

Earlier today the Nationals signed 30 year old Mark Teahen to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training. He’ll compete with the team’s other minor league signings for a spot off the bench. Teahen has principally been a third baseman, providing some depth from the oft-injured Ryan Zimmerman. He will also offer depth at the corner outfield positions and first base.

The Blue Jays released Teahen roughly a month ago in a move that came as no big surprise. He batted a mere .200/.273/.300 in 177 plate appearances with the White Sox and Blue Jays during the 2011 season. However, for his career, he’s a .264/.327/.409 hitter over seven seasons (just over 3,000 career plate appearances). Teahen was a 1st Round Draft pick by the Royals in 2002 and was once looked at as one of the top up and coming third base prospects in the minor leagues. He’s been forced to learn other positions in recent years in order to earn more playing time.

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