The minor league deals are coming fast and furious now. And this one’s pretty interesting.
Yes, you read that correctly. Owings, a former starter turned reliever who went 8-0 with a 3.57 ERA in 2011 and picked up a win in the postseason, is now a position player.
The 30-year-old Owings, who was drafted by the Diamondbacks when Nats general manager Mike Rizzo was in their front office, is a .283 hitter over 205 career at-bats. He has also posted a career .813 OPS and has nine big league home runs.
Sounds like the dude has some pop.
Owings has a career 4.86 ERA and only appeared in six games at the big league level last season, going 0-2 with a 2.79 ERA with the Padres.
He appeared in one game as a first baseman at Triple-A last season, recording five putouts and taking part in one double play.
This is an incredibly low-risk signing for the Nats, but should Owings find some success as a position player, he could provide some decent organizational depth.
Plus, if an extra arm is ever needed during a blowout or an 18-inning game, we know he could take the ball for a while.
The Nats, of course, had Rick Ankiel on their roster for parts of the last two seasons - a former pitcher who also made the major leagues as a position player. Now we’ll see if Owings can do the same.