For the second day in a row, the Nationals have signed a veteran relief pitcher to add bullpen depth with spring training just getting started.
Right-hander Burke Badenhop was signed on Thursday to a minor league deal with an invite to MLB camp. The news was first reported by Jonah Keri of Sports Illustrated and later confirmed by CSN Mid-Atlantic.
Badenhop is an eight-year MLB veteran who turned 33 on Feb. 8. He spent the 2015 season with the Cincinnati Reds and posted a 3.93 ERA with a 101 ERA+ in 68 appearances.
Badenhop has also played for the Marlins, Rays, Brewers and Red Sox. The Nationals are his sixth different MLB team in as many years.
Badenhop was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2005 and was traded to the Marlins in 2007 as part of a megadeal that sent Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis to Detroit for six players including Andrew Miller and Cameron Maybin.
Badenhop has a 3.74 ERA in 418 total MLB games. His best year was 2014 when he had a 2.29 ERA in 70 games for Boston.