Nationals Sign Willy Taveras

The Nationals signed center fielder Willy Taveras to a minor league deal, reports's Bill Ladson.  Taveras had been released by the A's on Tuesday, not long after Oakland received him from the Reds to faciliate their Adam Rosales trade.  The Nats will presumably pay Taveras the league-minimum $400K if he makes the team, with the A's paying his remaining $3.6MM.

Taveras, 28, hit .240/.275/.285 for the Reds in 437 plate appearances last year.  The Reds signed Taveras to a two-year, $6.25MM after he was non-tendered by the Rockies.  Defensively, based on UZR, Taveras graded well in 2009 and was slightly below-average the two years prior.

In addition to Taveras, the Nationals signed outfielders Chris Duncan, Kevin Mench, and Jerry Owens to minor league deals this winter.