October 19, 2020

Washington Nationals add middle infielders to competition

According to reports, the Washington Nationals have signed infielders Jamey Carroll and Mike Fontenot to minor league contracts, with both players receiving an invitation to spring training.

Carroll, 40, hit .211/.267/.251 last season split between Minnesota and Kansas City, playing primarily second and third base. Fontenot, 33, last played in the majors in 2012, spending last season in AAA Durham, where he hit .264/.335/.379.

These moves serve as backup to the primary option at reserve middle infield, Danny Espinosa. Espinosa comes off a dismal 2013, where he was injured and when in the lineup, performed horribly. In the majors, he hit .158/.193/.272, and wasn’t much better in the minors after being demoted, where the hit .216/.280/.286 in 313 plate appearances.

Espinosa suffered a torn rotator cuff in late 2012 and broke his wrist early in 2013 and played through both injuries before the Nats finally shut him down for a disabled list stint in May.

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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