Nationals add two minor league pitchers

nationals90_image_thumbnailThe Nationals acquired two minor league players on Sunday, sending cash considerations to the Chicago White Sox for right-handed pitcher Omar Poveda and signing left-handed pitcher Aaron Laffey to a minor league deal. Both will report to the minors.

Laffey, 28, spent parts of seven seasons in the major leagues as a starter and reliever with the Indians, Blue Jays, Mets, Yankees and Mariners. He last pitched in the majors in 2013 when he tossed 12 2/3 innings between the Mets and Blue Jays, and allowed 10 runs while striking out nine. Laffey was released from his minor league deal with the Orioles last week. He has a career 4.45 ERA in the majors.

Poveda, 26, has spent most of his professional career in the Texas Rangers farm system. He spent last season with the Braves’ Class AAA affiliate, Gwinnett, and posted a 3.62 ERA over 164 innings with a 2.25 K/BB ratio. The White Sox signed Poveda to a minor league deal in the winter. He has a career 4.23 ERA in the minors.

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