Nationals re-sign Carlos Maldonado to minors contract


From beat writer Bill Ladson of comes word that the Nationals have re-signed catcher Carlos Maldonado to a minor league contract.

Maldonado hasn’t appeared in a major league game since the 2010 season and posted an ugly-looking .234/.361/.342 slash line with one home run and 12 RBI in 38 games this past year at the Triple-A level.

The 32-year-old native of Venezuela will continue to function as organizational catching depth for the Nationals next season, behind big leaguers Wilson Ramos and Jesus Flores. Maldonado will only be promoted in the event of an injury.

Mets pitcher Jason Vargas to have surgery on his non-throwing hand

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Yesterday the Mets announced that lefty Jason Vargas sustained a non-displaced fracture of the hamate bone in his right hand as the result of a comebacker during a spring training start. This morning they announced that Vargas will have surgery, which should cause him to miss the first week or so of the season.

Vargas will have the surgery tomorrow. Given that it’s on his non-throwing hand, he won’t miss much time — just a week or so of action, with another few days to get back up to speed afterward. He actually threw a bullpen session this morning. The issue is that he can’t catch a ball right now.

Vargas, 35, signed a two-year, $16 million pact with the Mets last month. With him missing a couple of starts, the Mets should break camp with both Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler in the rotation. The two had been fighting for the final spot.