(USA Today)The New York Yankees weren’t the only AL East team dealing with multiple defections on Friday. The Baltimore Orioles also lost a pair of their own free agents as Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports outfielder Nate McLouth agreed to a two-year, $10.75 million deal with the Washington Nationals. During the signing frenzy earlier on Friday, right-hander Scott Feldman and the Texas Rangers agreed on a three-year, $30 million contract, which we discussed here.
Focusing on McLouth, it won't be a long trip from Baltimore, but once he arrives in Washington he'll be joining a crowded outfield that already includes Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth and Denard Span. It's pretty much cut and dry the 32-year-old veteran will serve as the Nationals fourth outfielder, and that it will take an injury to crack the lineup on a consistent basis. That may not be an ideal role for a free agent that logged nearly 600 plates appearances last season, but the money to play the role proved too great to pass up.Read More »from Nationals add Nate McLouth on two-year deal to provide insurance in outfield