Pitcher-turned-first baseman Owings joins Nationals

Drafted by Rizzo, D-backs in '05, ex-righty lands Minors deal, spring camp invite

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals have agreed to terms with former right-handed pitcher Micah Owings -- now a first baseman -- on a Minor League contract with an invite to Spring Training.

Owings, 30, spent the 2012 season with the Padres, but pitched in only six games because of an arm injury. He started his career with the D-backs, drafted by current Nats general manager Mike Rizzo in the third round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft. In six years, Owings is 32-33 with a 4.86 ERA.

Owings was one of the best hitting pitchers in the big leagues. He is a career .283 hitter with nine home runs, 35 RBIs and a .502 slugging percentage in 219 plate appearances.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.