Nationals sign Jason Michaels as player/hitting coach

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Michaels is back with the Nationals as a minor league player/coach. (USATSI)

The Nationals made a rather interesting move Monday:

Jason Michaels, 36, hit .202/.265/.288 with two homers in 113 plate appearances for Washington's Triple-A affiliate last summer. The right-handed hitter has not appeared in the big leagues since 2011 and is a career .263/.335/.407 hitter in parts of 11 MLB seasons.

Michaels is listed simply as a "coach" for the Triple-A Syracuse SkyChiefs on their website, with former minor-leaguer Troy Gingrich listed as "hitting coach." Sounds like Michaels will be more of an assistant coach than anything, but it's certainly interesting anytime we see a player/coach situation in this day and age. I'll be curious to see if any other teams follow suit.

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