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Indians sign ex-Nationals reliever Craig Stammen

Craig Stammen

Washington Nationals relief pitcher Craig Stammen (35) throws in the seventh inning of Game 1 of baseball’s NL Division Series against the San Francisco Giants, Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, at Nationals Park in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)


UPDATE: It’s a done deal, announced by the team.

Right-hander Craig Stammen, who spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Nationals, is expected to sign with the Indians.

Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Indians “hope to finalize a deal” with Stammen today, adding veteran depth to the bullpen. It’ll likely be a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Stammen missed nearly all of last season following elbow surgery and the Nationals non-tendered him, but he’s scheduled to be ready for spring training. After struggling as a starter early in his career he’s posted a 3.02 ERA in 280 innings out of the bullpen, so if healthy it’d be a nice addition for Cleveland.

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