In a move that went largely under the radar, Washington added another arm to their minor league ranks this past Monday when they signed right-hander Brian Broderick to a minor league contract.
Broderick had been released by the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. The 25 year old struggled through most of the 2012 season with the Cardinals’ Triple-A affiliate in Memphis. He appeared in 20 games, making 14 starts, pitching a total of 78.2 innings. He was 3-8 in that span with a career high 7.32 ERA and 1.907 WHIP. He’s never ranked among the team’s top prospects.
Washington clearly has held some long standing interest in the former 2007 Draft selection (taken in the 21st Round by St. Louis) as they had selected him in the Rule 5 Draft prior to the 2011 season. He appeared in 11 games for the Nationals last season, throwing a total of 12.1 innings. He was 0-1 with a 6.57 ERA in that span before being returned to the Cardinals in mid-May.
Broderick has been assigned to Double-A Harrisburg, where presumably he’ll provide some added depth for Harrisburg’s bullpen.