MALDONADO RETURNS TO CHIEFS
The Washington Nationals have re-signed catcher Carlos Maldonado for the 2011 season and assigned him to AAA-Syracuse.
Maldonado, 32 next week played in 63 games for the Chiefs last season batting .223 with 3 HR and 27 RBI. He appeared in 3 games with the Nationals and was 2 for 9 with 2 RBI during his two week stay.
He is currently catching for Magallanes in the Venezuelen Winter League and is batting .267 with 5 HR and 21 RBI in 39 games.
The Nationals have also signed righthanded pitcher Harvey Garcia for the 2011 season.
Garcia, 26 began his career in the Red Sox organization in 2003 before being traded to the Marlins in the Hanley Ramirez deal. Last season at Chattanooga-AA (Dodgers) he appeared in only 15 games and was 1-1 with a 8.02 ERA.
His best season came in 2006 at Jupiter-A (Marlins) when he was 0-7 with a 2.92 ERA and 21 saves. He also recorded 83 strikeouts in 65 innings that season. For his career he has 353 strikouts in 327 innings.
Garcia is also pitching in Venezuela (Magallanes) and is 3-3 with a 3.38 ERA as a starting pitcher.