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Nationals invite 12, add Womack

Nationals invite 12, add Womack

WASHINGTON -- Looking to improve their bench, the Nationals announced on Thursday they had agreed to terms with 12 players on Minor League deals with invitations to Spring Training. Among the more notable names is infielder/outfielder Tony Womack.

If he makes the 25-man roster, Womack, 37, would be the team's all-purpose player. He can play shortstop, second and third base and all three outfield positions. Womack, general manager Jim Bowden and manager Manny Acta were not available for comment.

Last season, Womack played for the Reds and Cubs and hit a combined .265 with one home run and five RBIs. During his 13-year career in the big leagues, Womack has played for seven teams, including the Pirates, D-backs, Rockies, Cardinals and Yankees. He is best remembered for his years with Arizona and St. Louis. With the Womack on the roster, both teams reached the World Series in 2001 and '04, respectively.

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Womack will be reunited with hitting coach Mitchell Page. They worked together in St. Louis in '04, and Womack had his best season under Page's tutelage, hitting a career-high .307 with 91 runs scored and 26 stolen bases. Page did not return a phone message left by MLB.com.

The others to agree to deals were right-handed pitchers Jesus Colome and Anastacio Martinez, left-handed pitchers Luis Martinez and Arnie Munoz, outfielders George Lombard and Abraham Nunez, first baseman Travis Lee, and infielders Melvin Dorta, D'Angelo Jimenez, Jose Macias and Jorge Toca.

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

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