NATS BRINGS BACK OUTFIELDER BUCK COATS

The Washington Nationals signed outfielder Buck Coats to a minor league deal and assigned him to AAA-Syracuse where he played in 2008 as a member of the Chiefs.

Coats, 28, began the 2010 season at AAA-Omaha (Royals) before being traded to the Chicago White Sox in April.  He played 18-games at AA-Birmingham before joining AAA-Charlotte for the remainder of the season (80 games) in May.  Combined he batted .296 with 7 HR 48 RBI for the Knights.

The left-handed hitting Coats batted .302 with Las Vegas (Blue Jays) in 2009 and .286 with the Chiefs in 2008.

The Nationals potential AAA outfielders include Coats, Jeff Frazier, Corey Brown, Jonathan Van Every, Boomer Whiting, Jesus Valdez and could include Justin Maxwell who is currently on the major league roster.

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