WASHINGTON (AP) – Free-agent first baseman Adam Lind and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a $1.5 million, one-year contract, pending a physical, accordin to a person familiar with the deal.
The person confirmed the agreement to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Monday because it had not been announced by the Nationals.
The contract would pay Lind $1 million in 2017, and includes a club option for 2018 with a $500,000 buyout.
The terms were reported earlier by The Washington Post.
Lind, who is 33, batted .239 with 20 homers and 58 RBIs for the Seattle Mariners last season.
In 11 major league seasons with three teams, Lind has hit .271 with 186 homers and 664 RBIs. He’s had six seasons with at least 20 homers, including exactly that number in 2015 and 2016.
Lind offers a left-handed bat for Washington’s bench, someone who could fill in at first base for Ryan Zimmerman or provide some power as a pinch hitter. He joins Chris Heisey and Stephen Drew as key reserves; those other two players were with the NL East champion Nationals last season and became free agents but returned.
The Nationals start reporting for spring training at West Palm Beach, Florida, on Tuesday.
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