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The Nationals sign Joe Nathan and Matt Albers


The Washington Nationals have announced minor-league deals with relief pitchers Joe Nathan and Matt Albers.

Nathan, who just turned 42, pitched ten games last year, totaling only six and a third innings, between the Giants and the Cubs. He missed the entire 2015 season except for one third of an inning on Opening Day. I suppose it’s possible he still has something left in the tank but I’d say his chances of making the roster are long.

Albers pitched in 58 games for the White Sox last year, buy boy howdy did he struggle. He posted a 6.31 ERA and an unsightly 1.675 WHIP and an unacceptable strikeout to walk ratio of 1.58. He pitched wonderfully in 30 games in 2015 however, and relievers are weird and unpredictable, so maybe he has a bounceback in him.

Report: Brewers have made formal contract offer to Yu Darvish

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Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.

Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.

The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.

Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.