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Nationals sign Josh Roenicke

Feb 14, 2014, 1:48 PM EDT

Josh Roenicke AP

Josh Roenicke, who was non-tendered by the Twins early in the offseason, has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Nationals.

Minnesota chose not to bring back Roenicke for about $1.5 million via the arbitration process after he threw 62 innings with a 4.35 ERA and 45/36 K/BB ratio in a middle relief role last season.

Roenicke throws hard, but doesn’t actually generate many strikeouts and has always struggled with control. He’ll try to win a bullpen gig during spring training.

  1. tcostant - Feb 14, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    The Nationals must miss Henry Rodriguez. Hey just signed HRod 2.0

    • pdowdy83 - Feb 14, 2014 at 6:12 PM

      They must have only missed him a little since they didn’t put Roenicke on the 40 man roster.

  2. blovy8 - Feb 14, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    He’s Ian Desmond’s brother-in-law, so its more like nepotism than missing HBP-Rod.

    • tcostant - Feb 14, 2014 at 2:50 PM

      I can live with that, as long as he is walking guys in AAA.

  3. karlkolchak - Feb 14, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Likelyhood of breaking camp with the big club? Miniscule. Strictly a depth move.

  4. santeebarbara - Feb 15, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Is he really worth the money I ask

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