NATS INK FRAZIER, MCCONNELL TO FREE AGENT DEALS

The Washington Nationals have signed outfielder Jeff Frazier and infielder Chris McConnell to minor league deals and assigned them to the Syracuse-AAA roster.

Frazier, 28, has spent the past two years playing for the Toledo Mud Hens (Tigers) in the International League.  Last season he was named to the I.L. All Star team when he batted .256 with 25 home runs and 73 RBI.  He also scored 72 runs and clubbed 34 doubles.  His 61 extra base hits led the I.L. in 2010.

The New Jersey resident attended Rutgers and was the Detroit Tigers 4th round selection in the 2004 June draft.

McConnell, 25, played last season with Northwest Arkansas (Royals) in the Texas League.  He batted .231 with 3 home runs and 39 RBI.  Used primarily as a short stop throughout his career he fielded .973 in 122 games last season with Arkansas – tops in the league.

The Pennsylvania native was also selected in the 2004 June draft by the Kansas City Royals  out of high school.

Frazier and McConnell join right handed pitcher Tim Wood as off-season free agent pick-ups by the Washington Nationals.

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