Cubs News: Former Chicago outfielder Tony Campana signs with Nats
By Jake Misener
After missing the season with a knee injury, former Chicago Cubs outfielder Tony Campana signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals Tuesday.
According to multiple reports, the deal covers the 2016 season, as well – giving the speedster some stability moving forward in his career as he nears 30 years of age.
Appearing in part of four big league seasons, Campana carries a .249/.296/.288 slash-line into his new deal; with the OBP clearly an issue that has kept him from being a major starting piece for a team thus far.
That being said, he certainly offers versatility in his speed – which he has utilized exceptionally well during his time as a professional ballplayer. In two seasons with the Cubs, he swiped 54 bags – including 30 in his rookie campaign back in 2012 in just 89 contests.
Since leaving Chicago, Campana has played for both the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – to varying results.
Down the stretch for Arizona in 2013, the outfielder was stellar, batting .261/.370/.304 for the Diamondbacks with eight stolen bases in 29 contests.
However, opening the subsequent campaign, Campana struggled badly, prompting Arizona to trade him to the Angels mid-season. He appeared in only 18 games for Los Angeles before the season ended.
This past offseason, he signed a minor league deal with the White Sox, but after tearing his ACL this spring, he never made it into action.
We all have our fair share of memories of Campana in a Cubs uniform and it’s good to see that Washington appreciates what he brings to the table moving forward.