The Nats have added lefty reliever Brandon Mann on a minor league deal that reportedly includes an invite to major league spring training.
The Nationals have been stockpiling minor league lefty relieving depth this offseason, with Mann joining Bill Bray as pitchers who fit that description.Mann’s career is less than impressive, ever since he was a 27th round pick in the 2002 MLB Draft by the then-Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He spent the first seven seasons of his career in High-A ball or below, including not pitching in all of 2007. He had a 4.44 ERA in AA Montgomery for the Rays in 2009. He started 2010 with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the independent Atlantic League, before signing with the Dodgers and throwing to a 4.12 ERA with High-A Inland Empire. He spent 2011 in Japan, having his most successful season with a 1.16 ERA in 23.1 innings for the Yokohama Bay Stars of the Japanese Central League. He continued with the Bay Stars in 2012, but regressed with a 5.32 ERA in 69.1 innings. Mann will almost certainly spend all of 2013 in the minors if he is not cut, and make an appearance in the majors only if another pitcher or two is injured.