12:04pm: Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that Campana’s minor league deal runs through the 2016 season (Twitter link). Even if he doesn’t end up seeing time with the big league club this season, then, the Nats will get a look at him this summer and next year in Spring Training as well, when he’d have a chance to crack the roster. With Denard Span set to hit free agency this winter, Campana will provide the Nats with a depth piece beyond this season.
12:00pm: The Nationals have agreed to a deal with speedy center fielder Tony Campana, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (Twitter links). MLB.com’s Bill Ladson adds (also via Twitter) that it’s a minor league contract.
Campana, a client of Pro Star Sports Management, signed a minor league deal with the White Sox this past offseason but suffered a partially torn ACL in February. He’s rehabbed quickly from the injury, however and has already been performing baseball activities for a month, per Heyman.
The 29-year-old Campana has appeared in the Majors in each of the past four seasons, spending time with the Cubs, Diamondbacks and Angels. He’s batted .249/.296/.288 in 477 plate appearances, but his speed his calling card. As Heyman notes, if he gets back on track in time, Campana could be a September/October bench asset much in the same way that Terrence Gore was for the Royals in 2014. Campana is 66-for-75 in stolen base attempts in his Major League career, and he’s 211-for-279 in minor league attempts.