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.
Braves minor league first baseman Braxton Davidson played the hero during the Arizona Fall League Championship Game on Saturday, but followed up his game-winning homer with what appeared to be a broken left foot.
Braxton had just lofted a 2-1 pitch from Nationals left-hander Taylor Guilbeau in the bottom of the 10th inning and was making his way around the bases when he started hopping on his right foot as he neared the plate. After being helped off the field, that the infielder was quickly taken to a local hospital for further examination, the results of which have yet to be made public.
The 22-year-old helped lift the Peoria Javelinas to their fifth AFL title and second since 2017. He went 2-for-5 with a single and home run in Saturday’s finale over the Salt River Rafters. During the regular season, he completed his third consecutive campaign in High-A and slashed .171/.281/.365 with a career-high 20 home runs and a .646 OPS through 481 plate appearances.