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Washington Nationals rumors: Jeff Baker drawing interest from Nationals, Marlins

Free agent Jeff Baker is drawing interest from several teams.
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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.

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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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