Jose Valverde

Jose Valverde signs with the Nationals

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Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that veteran reliever Jose Valverde has signed with the Nationals after opting out of a minor-league contract with the Padres three weeks ago.

It’s another minor-league deal for Valverde, the 37-year-old former All-Star closer who struggled during spring training and hasn’t pitched well in the majors since 2012.

It’s possible he still has enough left in the tank to be useful to the Nationals in a middle relief role, but Valverde will likely have to impress at Triple-A to earn a call-up.