Washington Nationals Sign Chris Heisey To One-Year Deal

Chris Heisey returns to Washington on a one-year pact.

The Washington Nationals have made their first move of the offseason by re-signing utility outfielder Chris Heisey to a one-year contract worth $1.4 million with performance bonuses, according to Jerry Crasnick.

Heisey, the soon to be 32-year old Outfielder, initially signed on with the Washington Nationals last December on a minor league deal and went on to slash .216/.290/.446 with nine home runs off the bench. Defensively, he has not committed an error since 2012, and only has 8 for his career. Heisey offers solid power, with a career .178 ISO and homers 15 times per 162 games (per Baseball-reference).  With that power, however comes strikeouts.  Heisey has a career 23.3% K rate and struck out 28.4% of the time last season.  

Assuming Ben Revere is non-tendered, Heisey will be the 4th outfielder, mainly as a pinch hitter or late inning defensive replacement, and one of Yadiel Hernandez, Brian Goodwin and Michael Taylor will serve as the 5th Outfielder. The Nationals are unlikely to bring in any further reinforcements in the outfield, aside from some non-roster invitees.  

Adding a catcher, some bullpen depth and possibly and Espinosa trade all remain on the shopping list for Rizzo and company as they head into what could be a much more competitive NL East in 2017.


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