Nats Add Righty Rafael Martin

The Washington Nationals annonced today that they have signed righthanded pitcher Rafael Martin as a free agent and assigned him to their AAA-Syracuse roster.

Martin, 25 has spent the past three seasons pitching for Saitillo in the Mexican League.  Used mainly as a releiver, the Mexico native pitched in 54 games last season and was 6-3 with a 4.12 ERA.

Last season he struck out 65 batters and walked only 22 in 63 innings.  That is a marked improvement from his 2008 season when he walked 30 and struck out 38 in 54 innings.

Martin will join the Nationals major league camp and compete for a bullpen spot as a non-roster invitee.

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