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Nationals re-sign Chris Heisey to 1-year, $1.4 million deal

The outfielder will return to Washington as a bench option.

Division Series - Los Angeles Dodgers v Washington Nationals - Game Five Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The Nationals have agreed to re-sign outfielder Chris Heisey to a 1-year, $1.4 million contract, as reported by ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. The deal includes performance bonuses.

Heisey, 31, hit .216/.290/.446 with nine homers in 83 games with the Nats last season, providing a right-handed hitting outfield option on the bench. He will return to that role next season for Washington, and has the ability to play all three outfield spots.

Heisey is a veteran of seven major-league seasons with the Reds (2010-14), Dodgers (2015) and Nationals (2016), and owns a career .242/.300/.420 line with 173 homers at the major-league level. Heisey originally joined the Nats on a minor-league deal last winter, in a move that was believed to be catalyzed by manager Dusty Baker. Baker managed Heisey in Cincinnati for four years before being fired after the 2013 season.