Nationals Sign Former World Series Champ

The Washington Nationals have added a veteran outfielder and former World Series champion, signing Eddie Rosario to a minor league deal that could earn him up to $4 million if he makes the big club. 

Rosario became a free agent when the Braves declined to pick up a $9 million team option after the 2023 season, despite a decent year in the ATL.

The 32-year-old was a league-average hitter last year for the Atlanta Braves, posting a 255 average with an OPS+ of exactly 100. He launched 21 homers with 74 RBIs, both his best marks since 2019. 

Rosario would slot into left field in the middle of the young Nats lineup, if he's able to out-duel the likes of Joey Gallo, Joey Meneses and Jesse Winker, who are all candidates to be in the mix at left, as well as first base and DH.

Rosario also brings some decent defense to the left field corner, registering outs above average and a .983 fielding percentage there in 130 games last season.

For his career, at the plate, Rosario has slashed .268/.305/.460 with a .755 OPS in stints for the Minnesota Twins, Cleveland Guardians and Atlanta Braves. 

His highlight came in the '21 postseason, when he was named the NLCS MVP for Atlanta, helping lead to the World Series championship. 

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