The Nationals have signed right-handed reliever Waldis Joaquin to a minor league contract. The deal includes an invitation to Spring Training. Joaquin, who turns 25 on Christmas Day, will give the organization yet another bullpen option with a live arm. Joaquin had been designated for assignment by the San Francisco Giants at the end of the season, thus making him a free agent.
Joaquin has appeared in games for the Giants over each of the past three seasons. In total he’s pitched 21.2 innings in San Francisco, posting a 1-0 record, 5.40 ERA, 17 walks and 17 strikeouts. In 49.2 additional Triple-A innings during 2011, he added a 2-2 mark and 3.44 ERA in 35 appearances out of the bullpen.
Joaquin wouldn’t be eligible for arbitration until after the 2014 season should be remain within the Nationals organization, meaning this could be a pickup with longterm ramifications if Joaquin develops into his potential.