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Padres sign veteran reliever Casey Janssen

Casey Janssen

Washington Nationals relief pitcher Casey Janssen throws in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Cincinnati. The Reds won 8-5. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)


UPDATE: The deal is official.

10:44 a.m. ET: The Padres have apparently secured some extra bullpen depth, as Corey Brock of reports that veteran reliever Casey Janssen has a locker in the clubhouse. Nothing is official, but Brock writes that he likely received a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Janssen missed the early part of last season due to a shoulder issue and ended up with a 4.95 ERA and 27/8 K/BB ratio over 40 innings. The 34-year-old became a free agent in November after the Nationals declined a $7 million option on him for 2016.

The Padres traded Craig Kimbrel and Joaquin Benoit over the winter, so there’s opportunity in the late innings for San Diego. Fernando Rodney currently projects to be the team’s closer.

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