The Nationals announced on their official team Twitter feed this evening that they have reached agreement on a minor league contract with right-hander Cla Meredith.
Meredith enjoyed a couple of successful seasons in a middle relief role for the Padres from 2006-2009, but he allowed nine earned runs in 15 innings last year with the Orioles and he posted a 6.00 ERA and 1.63 WHIP across 27 innings at Triple-A Norfolk.
The 27-year-old’s new deal with Washington carries an invitation to spring training, where Meredith will get a chance to prove that he is worthy of a spot at the back end of the Nationals’ bullpen. There’s a slight chance he might bounce back with a change of scenery, but our guess is that he gets shipped to the Triple-A level once spring training breaks. He can fight his way back up from there.
The Nats also officially announced a minor league agreement with veteran infielder Alex Cora.