McLouth signs 2-year deal with Nats
Former Minnesota Twins and Pirates first baseman Justin Morneau signed a two-year, $12.5-million contract with the Colorado Rockies Friday.
Outfielder Nate McLouth has passed his physical and signed his two-year contract with the Washington Nationals.
The Nationals on Thursday announced the signing of McLouth, who is part of general manager Mike Rizzo’s offseason plan to strengthen the bench.
McLouth was a starter with the Baltimore Orioles this year, but in Washington he’ll be the spare outfielder expected to fill in when Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth or Denard Span is injured or takes a day off.
The 32-year-old McLouth has played nine seasons in the majors with Pittsburgh, Atlanta and the Orioles, and was an All-Star and Gold Glove winner in 2008. He hit .258 with 12 home runs and 36 RBIs this year.
To make room on the 40-man roster, the Nationals designated outfielder Corey Brown for assignment.
Morneau signs with Rockies: The Colorado Rockies signed first baseman Justin Morneau to a two-year, $12.5 million deal.
He will step in for Todd Helton, who retired at the end of the season. The Rockies were contemplating moving Michael Cuddyer from right field over to first base before the deal with Morneau.
Like Helton, Morneau is a smooth-fielding first baseman. Since 2003, his fielding percentage (.996) is second to only Helton (.997).
Over his 11-year career, Morneau is a .277 hitter. He was the 2006 American League MVP while a member of the Minnesota Twins, hitting .321 that season with 34 homers and 130 RBI.
Chamberlain now a Tiger: The Tigers have finalized their $2.5 million. one-year deal with right-handed reliever Joba Chamberlain.
Chamberlain joins a retooled bullpen that also includes free agent acquisition Joe Nathan. The hard-throwing Chamberlain, whose slide has been inconsistent in recent years, was 2-1 with one save in 45 games and a career-high 4.93 ERA last season for the New York Yankees.
Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski indicated Friday that the team may not make any more major moves this offseason. The Tigers traded slugger Prince Fielder for second baseman Ian Kinsler last month, and their lineup figures to have less power and more speed next year.
Kubel goes back to Twins: Outfielder Jason Kubel has returned to the Minnesota Twins, agreeing to a minor league contract.
Minnesota said Kubel was invited to training camp in February.
The 31-year-old had 104 homers and 429 RBI in seven seasons with Minnesota. He left after the 2011 season to sign with Arizona and was traded to Cleveland last August. He hit a combined .216 last season, when he had five homers and 32 RBIs with the Diamondbacks. He didn’t drive in any runs in 18 at-bats with the Indians, who declined a $7.5 million option.
Mariners add Hart: The Seattle Mariners have finalized a one-year contract with free agent Corey Hart and a trade with the Miami Marlins to acquire Logan Morrison.
Seattle announced the moves on Friday after the players passed physicals. Morrison was acquired for right-handed reliever Carter Capps, while Hart signed an incentive-laden one-year deal after missing all of 2013 due to knee surgery.
The moves came a day after All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano following finalized his $240 million, 10-year deal.