The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday night because the contract wasn't complete pending a physical. Other media outlets reported it would be a two-year deal.
The 32-year-old McLouth hit .258 with 12 home runs and 36 RBIs in 146 games for Baltimore last season. He's played nine seasons in the majors with Pittsburgh, Atlanta and the Orioles, and was an All-Star and Gold Glove winner in 2008.
McLouth would likely be a part-time backup, perhaps getting some of the playing time Steve Lombardozzi saw in the outfield last season. The Nationals recently traded Lombardozzi to Detroit in the deal for pitcher Doug Fister.
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