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Nationals sign Mexican League closer Gabriel Alfaro

Nov 20, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

Gabriel Alfaro

In addition to re-signing Chris Young yesterday the Nationals also announced the signing of Gabriel Alfaro, a 30-year-old right-hander who’s spent the past two seasons thriving in the Mexican League.

Alfaro, who began his pro career pitching in the Blue Jays’ farm system in 2005, posted a 2.58 ERA and 163 strikeouts in 129 innings as Oaxaca’s closer during the past two seasons, saving 26 games each year.

For the Nationals there’s no real risk involved in giving him a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training and if Alfaro’s stuff translates to the majors they may have found a solid setup man.

  1. natstowngreg - Nov 20, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Hey, ya don’t always know where you can find some reliever who will have a good season.

  2. blue21c - Nov 20, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Will Jake Taylor be his catcher?

  3. losanginsight - Nov 20, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Nice pick up for the nats.

  4. numbskull111 - Nov 21, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    I thought they already had a “solid” setup man in Tyler Clippard (and to a lesser extent, Drew Storen.)

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