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Matt LeCroy signs with the Nationals

LeCroy has been a nice little secret for fantasy owners in AL-only leagues. The rotund reserve has offered some nice pop at the catcher position for the past few years, but unfortunately made just one appearance there in 2005.

LeCroy is a career .263 hitter with 58 home runs and 209 RBI in 430 games spanning six big league seasons with Minnesota. Last season, the 30 year-old LeCroy batted .260 with 17 home runs and 50 RBI in 101 games for the Twins. He also set a career high by posting a .354 on-base percentage, thanks in part to a career-best 41 walks.

Both seasons in which LeCroy has received 300 or more at-bats (2003 and '05), he has produced 17 home runs. A product of Clemson University, LeCroy has averaged a home run every 21.2 at-bats the last three seasons.

After signing a one-year deal with the Nats, though, he won't have the DH spot to hide, and he could easily get the requisite 10 appearances at catcher early in the first half. Pick him up late in your NL-only draft and you should have yourself a cheap catcher that can hit for power and won't kill your average.

It looks like I'm not the only one inspired by the signing -- Rotisserie Baseball Musings is also singing his praises today.

Nationals agree to terms with free agent Matthew LeCroy [MLB.com]