Nats sign DH Matt LeCroy to a one year, $850 K deal. Too bad there's no DH in the NL. He's being touted as a backup option for Schneider, although he spent just 1 inning behind the plate last year in Minnesota. More likely, he'll spend most of his time at first base facing lefties during Nick Johnson's inevitable 30-60 game stint on the DL. Has some power, but struggles against right handed pitching. And didn't really hit at all away from the friendly confines of the Metrodome, but we'll ignore that. Hey Matt, my beer league softball team needs a first baseman, so if it doesn't work out with the Nats, pick up the phone and give me a call.
"With the addition of Matt LeCroy, I am pleased to add a professional right-handed hitter to our bench who can also serve as a backup at both catcher and first base." (Jim Bowden, via mlb.com 2/08/2006)
This video from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety will help you get to know a little more about the newest Nat.
(Photo of Matt LeCroy from Minnesota Department of Public Safety Web Site)