Nationals ink reliever Daniel Stange to minor league deal

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The Nationals announced the signing of right-handed reliever Daniel Stange to a minor league deal with an invitation to big league spring training. The 27-year-old spent the majority of the season in the minor leagues of the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Stange, a 6-foot-2 right-hander, was selected in the seventh round of the 2006 draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks, the final year that Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo was the scouting director there. Stange spent most of his professional career in Arizona’s farm system before being released in 2012.

Stange, who has a career 4.21 ERA in the minors, pitched in independent baseball before the Padres signed him. He was in Padres spring training in 2013 and then posted a 4.15 ERA over 39 innings for their Class AAA affiliate. He was released, signed with the Angels and posted a 5.06 ERA in 26 2/3 innings for their Class AAA team.

Stange appeared in three games for the Angels late in the summer and allowed three runs in 1 2/3 innings. He figures to provide bullpen depth in the Nationals’ organization.

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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James Wagner · November 21, 2013