Free-agent catcher Miguel Montero has agreed to a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals with an invitation to major league spring training.
Montero would get a $1.3 million, one-year contract if added to the 40-man roster and would have the chance to earn $1.7 million in performance bonuses. He is expected to compete with Pedro Severino for a backup job behind starting catcher Matt Wieters.
The 34-year-old Montero finished last season with the Toronto Blue Jays. In June, he was designated for assignment by the Chicago Cubs a day after he blamed teammate Jake Arrieta for allowing seven stolen bases in a loss against Washington.