The Washington Nationals announced the signings of two minor leaguers late Tuesday night. The team signed right-handed pitcher Harvey Garcia and catcher Carlos Maldonado.
Neither player has seen substantial time on a major league roster, so don’t expect too much out of either of them this year in terms of helping out the Nationals big club unless one of the two was to really turn some heads in Spring Training.
Maldonado, 31, was designated for assignment in September by Washington and granted free agency. However, chose to re-sign with the Nationals. He has had 4226 minor league plate appearances but only 62 in a big-league uniform and has been in pro-level ball since 1996.
Garcia pitched in eight games in 2007 with the Marlins, posting a 4.38 ERA, but other than that has spent time in the Pirates’ and Dodgers’ systems and has yet to make a major league appearance since his brief 2007 cameo.
However, Garcia has been pitching very well in the Venezuelan Winter League and most likely earned his contract on the basis of his recent performances there.