Nationals sign reliever Burke Badenhop

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Jonah Keri of SI.com reports that the Nationals have signed veteran reliever Burke Badenhop to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Badenhop spent last season with the Reds, posting a 3.93 ERA and 36/20 K/BB ratio in 66 innings. Through age 32 he has a 3.74 career ERA and his track record as a ground-ball machine makes the Nationals snagging Badenhop on a minor-league deal look like a nice low-cost pickup.

Since moving to the bullpen full time in 2010 he has a 3.46 ERA in 393 innings with just 23 home runs allowed in 1,647 plate appearances. He’ll compete for a middle relief role.