According to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson, the Nationals signed catcher Johnny Estrada to a one-year, $1.25MM deal. Estrada had been close to a deal with the Pirates.
Ladson’s source says the signing is not a reaction to Paul Lo Duca’s knee injury (torn meniscus). Lo Duca isn’t expected to miss too much of the regular season anyway.
Jim Bowden seems to have created a veteran surplus on his club at multiple positions.