NATIONALS SIGN A PAIR OF VETERANS
The Washington Nationals looking to create depth in their bullpen signed veteran righthanded pitchers KIP WELLS and JULIAN TAVAREZ this week to minor league contracts.† Both could wind up in Syracuse with the Chiefs before earning a promotion to Washington.
WELLS, 31, was injured much of the 2008 season and pitched in only 15 games for the Colorado Rockies and 10 games for the Kansas City Royals.
He was a member of the 2007 St. Louis Cardinals and made 34 starts and was 7-17 with a 5.90 ERA.
TAVAREZ, 35, began last season with the Milwaukee Brewers before finishing the season with the Atlanta Braves.† The versitile righthander made 43 relief appearances last season and recorded a 4.71 ERA.
Wells and Tavarez join veterans Josh Towers, Gary Glover, Gustavio Chacin, Wil Ledezma, Jorge Sosa†and†Jesus Colome as non roster players in the Nationals camp.