The Nationals signed corner infielder and outfielder Mark Teahen to a minor-league deal, the team announced this afternoon. Teahan, 30, will compete for a spot on the Nationals’ bench and could give them needed depth at Class AAA Syracuse.

In his seven-year career, Teahen has hit .264/.327/.409, mostly with the Kansas City Royals. Teahen struggled mightily last season with the Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays, hitting .200/.273/.300 with four home runs in 177 plate appearances.

In the three seasons preceding his disastrous 2011, Teahen compiled a serviceable .721 OPS. In 2006, his best season, Teahen slugged .517 and got on base at a .357 clip.

Teahen, who bats left-handed and throws with his right hand, appeared at first base, third base, left field and right field last year. Teahen will vie for a spot on the Nationals’ bench, and if he does not make the team, Teahen will bolster a Syracuse roster light on players with major league experience.

The Nationals also officially announced their signing of outfielder Rick Ankiel to a minor league deal.