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Nats officially announce McLouth signing, DFA Corey Brown

Dec 12, 2013, 4:49 PM EDT

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The Washington Nationals officially announced the signing of outfielder Nate McLouth to a two-year deal on Thursday, and in doing so designated Corey Brown for assignment to make room on their 40-man roster.

Brown hit .254 with 19 home runs, 56 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 107 games with Triple-A Syracuse this season before joining the Nats as a September call-up for the third straight year. He appeared in 14 games with the Nats he batted .167 with two runs and three walks.

Brown, 28, came to Washington in a trade with the Oakland Athletics. He joined Henry Rodriguez in a package sent to the Nats for outfielder Josh Willingham in December of 2010.

In parts of three seasons with the Nationals, Brown holds a .175 career average with two home runs and four RBI. He has been called up to the Nats for five different stints, three of them after September roster expansions. The other two were in May and July of 2012.

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  1. Ghost of Steve M. - Dec 12, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Good luck Corey. Hope you make it. If it was 2007 you’d be starting for the Nats! Poor timing and you need to stay healthy.

    • scnatsfan - Dec 12, 2013 at 5:41 PM

      Like so many, a few good ABs from a place in the majors. Good luck. One of the old posters will write a
      letter of recommendation for you.

  2. masterfishkeeper - Dec 12, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Dave Freitas, who the Nats traded for Kurt Suzuki, was just sent to the Orioles to complete the Jim Johnson trade.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Dec 12, 2013 at 6:01 PM

      That’s interesting but still a salary dump trade sending a 50 save guy for 2 weak MiLB guys. It’s not like they got a Top 25 guy.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Dec 12, 2013 at 6:28 PM

        Exactly. I know Jim Johnson had some issues — and was likely going to be overpaid given the way the arbitration process overvalues and rewards saves — but I would furious if I were an Orioles STH (or even casual fan).

      • nats128 - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:52 PM

        Im hoping Billy Beane trades Jim Johnson for a Top 10 prospect. That would put a smile on my face. The Oreos are such pretenders. They made offers for Nelson Cruz, Grant Balfour, and others. Clearly they didnt make serious offers as none of them accepted there deals. The Winter Meetings end with no new acquisitions.

  3. scnatsfan - Dec 12, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Like so many, a few good ABs from a place in the majors. Good luck. One of the old posters will write a
    letter of recommendation for you.

    • Doc - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:21 PM

      And so ends the saga of the trade for The Hammer, or so I was going to write.

      But I like the sentiment of “…a few good ABs from a place in the majors….” much better!

      Good luck Cory!!!!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:33 PM

        That suicide squeeze on his 1st AB of 2012 and his walkoff single in 2013 were highlights.

        I think the Os snag him on a MiLB deal.

  4. Eugene in Oregon - Dec 12, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Does anyone think the Nats are still in the market for either Eric Chavez or Jeff Baker (or a similar player)? Or that they should be? And do you see that theoretical player replacing Tyler Moore or Scott Hairston?

    Between finalizing my students’ final exam and writing a somewhat half-hearted recommendation, I’ve been looking at that the Chavez-Baker comparison and wondering whether Mr. Baker isn’t the better option. He would seem to have more — and more recent — OF (LF and RF) experience, and the ability to play 1B, 2B, or 3B, thus giving you a lot more late-game options than Mr. Chavez. As best I can tell, Mr. Chavez is purely a PH, 1B, and 3B; he hasn’t played any outfield since his mid-20s and then only a few games. In my mind, at least, Mr. Baker would be more versatile, although I guess Mr. Chavez may still be half-a-notch better as a pure hitter.

    Probably all academic, at this point, but just wondering.

    • David Proctor - Dec 12, 2013 at 6:49 PM

      Chavez can hit both lefties and righties and Baker has extreme platoon splits (can only hit lefties). Plus Chavez is left-handed. We need another left-handed bat on our bench, I think.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:17 PM

        Fair enough; thanks.

      • nats128 - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:55 PM

        Isnt Espinosa a switch hitter? I say that laughing becuz his lefty hitting was real bad. Yes, the Nats need another LH and could use a better RH than Hairston.

  5. David Proctor - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    For what it’s worth, last year, Hairston had a .743 OPS against left-handers and McLouth had a .753 OPS against right-handers. And for Hairston, you’d expect that to go up some. So that’s a pretty decent outfield platoon if someone goes down. Here’s how the rest of the bench stacked up last year:

    Lombardozzi: .616
    Moore: .607
    Tracy: .568
    Bernadina: .545

    It’s laughably bad, to be honest. You’d almost have to try to assemble a bench as futile as that one. I don’t blame Rizzo, nobody could have expected EVERYONE to regress from 2012, but jeez.

  6. David Proctor - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    Boone Logan is nearing a 3 year / $15M deal with the Rockies. You can bet JP Howell will be asking for more than that. If you want to know why Rizzo traded for Jerry Blevins, there’s your answer.

  7. janebeard - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    Oh, Cory. I hope you land somewhere that works for you. Not the best trade they made, that one that sent Josh away. In other news I am glad that Michael Morse has landed back in the NL and with a good team (the Giants).

  8. nats128 - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    @Bharper3407
    Who wants to have Anthony Rendon and I come to your kid’s school for lunch and a Q&A?! Help @SU2C and bid now! http://atmlb.com/J2WZug

    Final hammer at $9,126 for lunch with Bryce and Anthony! How great is that!

    • Sonny G 10 - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:27 PM

      That is awesome!

    • unkyd59 - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:49 AM

      +1

  9. philipd763 - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    We got less than nothing in that Willingham trade. Brown never contributed and H-Rod, with blown saves, cost us at least 5 wins in 2012 and two or three more last season.

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