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Chris Heisey signs minor league deal with Nationals as NRI

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LOS ANGELES -- Former Dodgers outfielder and free agent Chris Heisey found a new home for 2016 on Saturday, signing a minor league contract with the Nationals with a non-roster invitation to spring training.

Heisey, who turns 31 in December, hit .182/.347/.327 with two home runs, two doubles and 15 walks in 33 games for the Dodgers in 2015. He started three games in center field, three games in right field and twice in left.

He also spent the bulk of the year going back and forth between the majors and Triple-A, and hit .241/.370/.495 with 15 home runs, 41 RBI and 39 walks in 66 games with Oklahoma City.

Heisey was acquired by the Dodgers from the Reds on Dec. 2, 2014 in a trade for pitcher Matt Magill. a Heisey made $2.16 million in 2015 and, with five years, 42 days of major league service time was eligible for salary arbitration again this winter, where he was projected by MLB Trade Rumors to make $2.2 million in 2016.

The Dodgers released Heisey in August, then reacquired him in a minor league deal with Toronto on Aug. 31, for the season's final month. Heisey ended the season on the 40-man roster, but after clearing waivers and getting sent outright to Triple-A on Nov. 6 the outfielder elected free agency.

In parts of six major league seasons, Heisey has hit .245/.301/.418 with 52 home runs and 63 doubles in 576 games, including 292 starts, and 1,524 plate appearances.