Nats sign 9 to minor-league deals

Nats sign 9 to minor-league deals
December 20, 2011, 4:19 pm
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The Nationals announced the signings of nine players to minor-league contracts with invitations to spring training: outfielders Jason Michaels, Xavier Paul and Brett Carroll; infielders Chad Tracy, Andres Blanco and Jarrett Hoffpauir; catcher Carlos Maldonado; and right-handers Jeff Fulchino and Waldis Joaquin.

The club also announced it has extended spring training invitations to reliever Rafael Martin, catcher Sandy Leon and outfielder Corey Brown.

Of the non-roster invitees, Michaels, Tracy and Paul have the most big-league experience.

Michaels, 35, is a career .263 hitter with 59 homers and a .339 on-base percentage in parts of 11 seasons with the Phillies, Indians, Pirates and Astros. The veteran, who has played all three outfield positions, hit just .199 in 89 games with Houston this season.

Tracy, 31, owns a career .278 average, 79 homers and .337 on-base percentage in seven seasons with the Diamondbacks, Marlins and Cubs. Originally drafted in 2001 by Nationals GM Mike Rizzo (when he was scouting director for Arizona), the corner infielder played this season in Japan.

Paul, 26, is a .246 hitter with a .288 on-base percentage in 183 career games (128 of them coming this season with the Dodgers and Pirates). The speedy outfielder stole 16 bases in 22 tries this year.

Fulchino, 32, is 9-10 with a 4.84 ERA in 163 relief appearances over five seasons with the Marlins, Royals, Astros and Padres. Joaquin, 24, went 1-0 record with a 5.40 ERA in 19 relief appearances with the Giants over the last three years.

Blanco, 27, batted a combined .260 with two homers and 16 RBI over the last two seasons with the Rangers and has also played for the Royals and Cubs. Hoffpauir, 28, as appeared in 21 big-league games with the Cardinals and Blue Jays.

Carroll, 29, has a .203 average and five homers in 175 career games with the Marlins and Brewers. Maldonado, 32, has spent the last two seasons in the Nationals' organization, mostly catching at Class AAA Syracuse.