Nationals sign Tony Gwynn, Jr.

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The Nationals have agreed to terms with outfielder Tony Gwynn, Jr. on a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Gwynn appeared in 80 games with the Phillies last season, but he struggled in limited playing time, putting up a .152/.264/.190 batting line across 127 plate appearances. He also lost his father, Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, last June. The 32-year-old owns a .238 batting average and a .619 OPS across 685 games in the majors, but he offers speed and experience at all three outfield positions.

As Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com notes, Gwynn will function as insurance with Jayson Werth and Nate McLouth each rehabbing from shoulder surgery.