Nationals agree to one-year contract with Mark DeRosa

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Mark DeRosa will try to get his career back on track in Washington.

Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the oft-injured veteran infielder has agreed to a one-year contract with the Nationals, who plan to use him as a bench player.

DeRosa just completed a two-year, $12 million contract with the Giants during which he played just 73 of a possible 324 games because of wrist problems and hit just .235 with a .593 OPS.

General manager Mike Rizzo and manager Davey Johnson have repeatedly stressed the importance of having veterans on the bench as the Nationals try to become contenders, but DeRosa is 36 years old and had his last healthy, productive season in 2008. He’s certainly worth a low-risk flier, but expectations should be pretty modest.

Angels sign Chris Young to one-year deal

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The Angels went on a Chris binge yesterday. In addition to signing Chris Carter to a minor league deal they signed Chris Young — the outfielder Chris Young, not the pitcher Chris Young — to a one-year contract. Young will make $2 million with incentives that could make the pact more valuable.

Young, 34, hit .235/.322/.387 with seven home runs in a part-time role last season with the Red Sox. He’s historically been a plus defender and has handled all three outfield positions in the past, but he’s really a corner guy/platoon DH these days. Not that the Angels need a center fielder. Rumor has it that they have a pretty decent one.