Bill Ladson

Nats ink Heisey to a Minor League deal

Outfielder gets invitation to big league Spring Training

Nats ink Heisey to a Minor League deal

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals have signed outfielder Chris Heisey to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Major League Spring Training.

Heisey, 30, will be reunited with manager Dusty Baker, whom he played for during his four seasons in the Majors, when both were with the Reds. Heisey's best campaign was in 2011, when he hit a career-high 18 home runs with 50 RBIs in 279 at-bats.

During this past season, Heisey spent time with the Dodgers and Blue Jays organizations. His only big league action came with the Dodgers, for whom he played 33 games and went 10-for 55 (.182).

Heisey hopes to make the Nationals' 25-man roster as a fourth outfielder.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashinNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.