The Washington Nationals added outfiedler Archie Gilbert to their minor league organization signing him as a free agent.

Gilbert, 27 began his career in the Red Sox organization in 2005 and played the next two seasons in the White Sox organization where he batted. .332 and .289 while stealing 70 bases in 153 games.

He moved to the Athletics organization in 2008 and batted .278 with 35 stolen bases for the third consecutive season at A-Stockton.  The past two years he has played for AA-Midland.

Last season he batted only .247 but increased his extra base hit numbers from 24 to 43 and stole 28 bases.

The Nationals also resigned righthanded pitcher Jimmy Barthmaier and assigned him their AAA-Syracuse roster.

Barthmaier, 27 was orginally drafted by the Houston Astros in the 13th round of the 2003 June Amateur Draft.

He made 16 starts for Indinapolis in 2008 before an injury sidelined him for all of 2009.  He began the 2010 season with the Pirates organization before being released after seven appearances.

Picked up by the Nationals he pitched in four games with the Nationals Gulf Coast League team and pitched in nine games (5 starts) for Potomac toward the end of the season.



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