On the eve of Opening Day 2014, the Nationals made two small moves to help bolster their minor league pitching depth.
The Nats acquired right-hander Omar Poveda from the Chicago White Sox for cash considerations, and signed lefty Aaron Laffey to a minor league deal.
Poveda spent 2013 with the Atlanta Braves' Triple-A affiliate. In 27 appearance with the Gwinnett Braves, Poveda held a 3.62 ERA in 164 innings pitched. He made 25 starts and struck out 133 batters.
Poveda has spent eight years in the minor leagues since turning pro. He originally signed out of the country of Venezuela as a free agent with the Texas Rangers. Povada has also spent time in the Marlins organization.
Laffey has seven years of MLB experience under his belt, most recently with the Blue Jays. He signed briefly with the Dodgers, Brewers and Orioles since, but did not appear with any of those teams.
Laffey - a native of Cumberland, MD - pitched in five games in 2013, four with the Mets and one with Toronto. He holds a career 4.45 ERA in 153 total MLB games.