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02/03/10 10:29 AM ET

Nats sign Mench to Minor League deal

Veteran outfielder receives invitation to Spring Training

The Nationals have signed outfielder Kevin Mench to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

The right-handed-hitting Mench, 32, spent this past season playing in Japan for the Hanshin Tigers, but he is best remembered for his years with the Rangers from 2002-06.

Mench's best season in the Major Leagues was in 2004, when he hit .279 with 26 home runs and 73 RBIs for Texas. He has played seven big league seasons and has a .269 career batting average with 89 home runs and 330 RBIs.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.