Today’s District Daily features stories on the Washington Nationals signing Burke Badenhop to a minor league deal and more on Bronson Arroyo.
Good evening DoD readers, and welcome to today’s District Daily. Get caught up on the latest Nats news and opinions with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web below.
In today’s District Daily, MLB.com’s Chad Thornburg discusses the Nationals’ latest acquisition. As Thornburg writes, the Nationals made yet another depth acquisition today, signing right-hander Burke Badenhop to a minor league deal with an invitation to big league spring training.
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If Badenhop were to make the big league club, he would give the Nationals a veteran presence in the bullpen who has seen some big league success in his career. The right-hander has a career 3.74 ERA in parts of eight big league seasons. Last season, Badenhop went 2-4 with a 3.93 ERA in 68 appearances with the Reds.
Also in today’s Daily, MLB.com’s Jamal Collier discusses Nationals right-hander Bronson Arroyo. In his article, Collier discusses the events that led to Arroyo signing with the Nationals this offseason as well as his expectations heading into Spring Training.
Arroyo will likely be competing for the Nationals’ fourth or fifth rotation spot this spring. Going into spring Training, Joe Ross and Tanner Roark are likely the favorites to earn those spots. But a strong spring by Arroyo could propel him into a starting roll, which is why his signing gives the Nationals some much needed depth.
The Nationals face plenty of questions heading into Spring Training, and one of them is the back end of the rotation. Hopefully for the team, the next few weeks will provide an answer to that question and many more.
Be sure to check out both articles below, they’re definitely worth a read. And as always, stay tuned to DoD for all your Washington Nationals needs.
Nats, Badenhop agree to Minor League deal
The Nationals on Thursday came to terms on a Minor League contract with right-handed reliever Burke Badenhop, the club announced. The deal includes an invitation to Major League Spring Training, where Badenhop will compete for a role in the Nats’ bullpen. Read full article here.
Arroyo ready to ‘perform or go home’ at camp
VIERA, Fla. — While weighing his options on whether to sign with the Reds or Nationals as a free agent this past offseason, Bronson Arroyo had a phone conversation with new Nationals manager Dusty Baker.
Arroyo, who played for Baker for six seasons in Cincinnati, wanted to know if there was a true opportunity to make the team with Washington. Baker assured him that there was, provided he was healthy and pitched well, and then he told Arroyo to “go to a mountain top and think about it.” Read full article here.