Nationals sign Ron Villone

The Nationals re-signed 41-year-old left-handed reliever Ron Villone to a minor league contract that does not include an invite to major league camp, a team official confirmed. Villone last pitched in the majors in 2009 and spent all of 2010 at Class AAA Syracuse.

Villone has been something of a mentor to several Nationals players, and he’s a person the team seems to like having around. The signing could set up an easy transition to move into either a coaching, scouting or front office role with the organization.

Last year, Villone went 2-5 with a 6.59 ERA in 41 appearances. He was the oldest player in all of minor league baseball.

Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.

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