Washington Nationals rumors suggest the team has interest in free agent Jeff Baker. These Washington Nationals rumors stem from the team needing to add a utility player for the 2014 MLB season. According to a report from CBS on Tuesday (Jan. 28), the team has shown an interest in signing him to a one-year deal. Other teams that may also have interest in acquiring him include the Miami Marlins and Baltimore Orioles.
Last season Baker played for the Texas Rangers. He appeared in 74 games for the team, posting a .279 batting average and .360 on-base percentage. The knock on him was that he had trouble hitting against right-handed pitching, so he would mostly be considered a platoon player or pinch hitter when there is a left-hander on the mound. His 187 OPS+ against lefties is an impressive number that could help most teams off the bench.
The ability of Jeff Baker to play multiple positions could make him a valuable player off the bench. He can play first, second, third, and the corner outfield positions. That would be a nice addition to the roster and it is a reason why these Washington Nationals rumors make a lot of sense. He likely won't be that expensive either, especially because he isn't considered an everyday player.
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