NATS ADD AUBREY, VAN EVERY AND OTHERS
The Washington Nationals added first baseman Mike Aubrey outfielder Johathan Van Every and six other players to their AAA-Syracuse roster.
Aubrey, 28, was originally drafted in the first round by the Cleveland Indians in 2003 and was later traded to the Orioles organization in 2008. Last season in Norfolk he had 25 doubles, 22 home runs and 68 RBI in 102 games for the Tides.
Van Every, 31, another Indians draft selection in 2001 moved to the Red Sox organization in 2008. He had back to back 20 home run season in 2004 & 2005 at A-Kinston and AA-Akron before splitting the next two seasons 2006 & 2007 between AAA-Buffalo and AA-Akron.
He spent 2008 with Pawtucket and batted .263 with 26 HR and 70 RBI. He would play for Boston in each of the next three years 2008-2010 as well. Last season with Indianapolis he batted .214 with 10 HR and 29 RBI in 60 games. Van Every is an outstanding centerfielder.
The Nats also re-signed infielder Brian Bixler who joined the Chiefs in August last season and righthanded pitchers Joe Bisenius and Ryan Mattheus.
Bisenius, 28 joined the Chiefs in July and was effective out of the bullpen. He would later get called up to Washington in September.
Mattheus, 27, came over to the Nationals in the Nick Johnson deal in 2009 and was out much of the 2010 season with an arm injury. He pitched late in the season for the Nationals Gulf Coast League affiliate.
In addition, the Nationals officially announced the signing of outfielder Jeff Frazier and righthanded pitcher Tim Wood.