Jeff Baker's numbers against lefties last year have to make him attractive to teams in the market for a bench bat and several recent reports have said the Washington Nationals are one of those teams.'s Jon Heyman is the latest to mention the Nats and Baker as a possible match.

In early December, Washington Post writer Adam Kilgore quoted a "person familiar with the situation" who said that in their continued efforts to bolster the bench, the Washington Nationals expressed interest in free agent bench bat Jeff Baker. "Baker would provide an upgrade, at least based on track record, over Tyler Moore," the WaPost writer noted, and, "[w]ith Scott Hairston, McLouth and Baker, the Nationals would have three veterans accustomed to coming off the bench, rather than young players forced to adjust to inconsistent roles."

Baker, 32, spent his ninth major league season in Texas, putting up a .279/.360/.545 line over 74 games and 175 plate appearances with the Rangers in which he hit eight doubles and 11 HRs while seeing time at first, second, third and each of the corner outfield positions. Over his nine major league campaigns, the Colorado Rockies' '02 4th Round pick has put up a combined .267/.321/.440 line in 617 games and 1,653 PAs over which he's been worth +2.4 fWAR.