The Washington Nationals today agreed to terms on a 2006 contract with first baseman/catcher Matthew LeCroy. Nationals Vice President and General Manager Jim Bowden made the announcement.
"With the addition of Matt LeCroy, I am pleased to add a professional right-handed hitter to our bench who can also serve as a back up at both catcher and first base," said Bowden.
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.
He is also no stranger to baseball in October, as Minnesota gained three consecutive post-season berths from 2002-04. LeCroy is a .269 career hitter in 10 post-season contests.