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Nationals add Mark Teahen on minor-league deal

Feb 6, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays batter Mark Teahen returns to the dugout after striking out during the second inning of his MLB American League baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland Reuters

Released by the Blue Jays three weeks ago, Mark Teahen has landed with the Nationals on a minor-league contract.

Toronto is on the hook for his $5.5 million salary for 2012, so Teahen is a no-risk signing for Washington and will compete for a bench job in spring training.

Teahen offers defensive versatility in the sense that he has experience as a third baseman, first baseman, and corner outfielder, but he’s pretty brutal at third base and doesn’t hit enough to be an asset elsewhere.

He batted a career-worst .200 with a .573 OPS in 78 games for the White Sox and Blue Jays last season and hasn’t topped a .410 slugging percentage since 2006.

  1. proudlycanadian - Feb 6, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Good for him. He could have gone home, done nothing and still have collected millions. Instead, he will still be playing baseball.

    Another ex Blue Jay – Shawn Camp was able to get a ML contract with The Mariners. Camp had a slightly off season in 2011, but had pitched well in his previous years with The Jays.

  2. cur68 - Feb 6, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Dude didn’t really get much playing time in Toronto, the poor chook, so I hope he can get some more ABs to prove he’s still has enough to contribute as a ballplayer. Always seemed like a nice enough guy, so Good Luck Mr. Teahen.

  3. dagnats - Feb 6, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    i would’ve rather have the nats sign conor jackson on a minor league deal than him…but thats not saying much…

  4. natstowngreg - Feb 6, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    This is what they call organizational depth. He can play in Syracuse, hope his bat revives and an opening appears in Washington. Not all that likely, given the Nats’ surplus at 1B and corner OF, but stranger things have happened.

  5. jwbiii - Feb 6, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    With his $5.5M salary, he’s going to be picking up lots of bar tabs in Syracuse!

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