The Nationals signed outfielder Chris Duncan on January 19th, according to the team's official transactions page.
Duncan, 29 in May, hit .227/.329/.358 in 304 plate appearances for the Cardinals last year before being traded in July to the Red Sox for Julio Lugo. He was released from the Triple A Pawtucket club about a month later.
Talking to Rob Rains of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat in December, Duncan's agent Barry Meister suggested his client's neck injury and surgery caused his poor performance in 2008-09. Duncan hit .273/.358/.527 in his first two seasons with the Cards. It's been a busy offseason for the Duncans, as Dave re-upped as Cardinals pitching coach and Shelley landed with the Indians.