Nationals sign Will Ohman to minor league deal

February 11, 2013

The Nationals announced the signing of yet another left-handed reliever on Monday, serving as depth and insurance behind Zach Duke and Bill Bray. Will Ohman, 35, agreed to a minor league deal with the Nationals with an invitation to major league camp.

Ohman, a 10-year major league veteran, spent the last two seasons with the Chicago White Sox. After struggling and posting a 6.41 ERA in 26 2/3 innings last season, the White Sox designated the left-handed reliever for assignment. He has a career 4.28 ERA in 10 major league seasons. He has pitched for the Cubs, Orioles, Marlins, Dodgers and Braves. In his career, he has held left-handed batters to a .210 average.

Ohman is added depth behind Duke, the only Nationals left-hander on a major league contract, and Bray, who, if healthy and effective, could make the roster as the bullpen’s second left-hander. Ohman is the fifth left-handed pitcher signed by the Nationals this offseason, including Duke.

So far, the list of Nationals non-roster invitees also includes the following players: lefty relievers Fernando Abad, Bill Bray and Patrick McCoy; lefty starter Brandon Mann; righty starters Tanner Roark, Ross Ohlendorf; righty reliever Jeremy Accardo; catchers Carlos Maldonado and Chris Snyder; infielders Micah Owings, WIll Rhymes, Matt Skole and Zach Walters.

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010 and, prior to covering the Nationals, covered high school sports across the region.
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