Feb 28, 2014; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcherManny Delcarmen
(17) waits in the bullpen during the spring training action against the New York Mets at Tradition Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports
The Washington Nationals added some more depth for the 2015 season Monday, signing infielder/outfielder Emmanuel Burriss and reliever Manny Delcarmen to minor league deals. Both players will be invited to big league spring training.
Burriss and Delcarmen return to the Nationals organization after spending all of 2014 with Triple-A Syracuse.
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Burriss, 29, hit .300 with six home runs, 46 RBIs and 22 stolen bases in 116 games with Syracuse last season. The D.C. native will likely get another chance to make his home town team this spring as the Nationals are in need of middle infield depth and quality bench players – two roles that Burris may be able to fill.
Delcarmen had a solid season with the Chiefs in 2014, posting a 3.13 ERA with four saves. The 32-year-old right-hander will look to make the big league club as a reliever in 2015, but he’ll have to battle it out during spring training in what promises to be a crowded bullpen.