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Report: Nationals sign Asdrubal Cabrera

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Jon Heyman reports that the Nationals have signed infielder Asdrubal Cabrera to a major league contract.

Cabrera, 33, was designated for assignment by the Rangers on Thursday and released on Sunday. He hit a disappointing .235/.318/.393 with 12 home runs and 51 RBI in 368 plate appearances. This comes on the heels of a disappointing two-plus months with the Phillies last year as well.

Cabrera will be beginning his second stint with the Nationals. He spent the second half of the 2014 season in D.C., posting a .700 OPS across 49 games.

Chris Archer exits start after one inning due to apparent injury

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Pirates starter Chris Archer exited Tuesday night’s start against the Pirates while warming up ahead of the second inning. He was examined by the Pirates’ training staff before walking off the field. The reason is currently unknown but an update should be forthcoming.

Archer allowed a pair of singles before getting consecutive strikeouts to see his way out of the first inning. The 30-year-old right-hander has had a forgettable year in Pittsburgh, entering Tuesday’s action 3-9 with a 5.23 ERA and a 141/55 K/BB ratio in 118 2/3 innings.

The Pirates, overall, are in rough shape, losing 22 of their last 27 games dating back to July 21. They are 51-73, 15.5 games out of first place in the NL Central cellar. It may behoove them to play it safe with Archer since they don’t have anything to play for over the remainder of the regular season. The club holds options for his 2020 and ’21 seasons at $9 million and $11 million, respectively.