Lefty Ballard inks minor league deal with Nationals

Add another name to the list of organizational depth players signed by the Nationals this offseason. Left-hander Mike Ballard has inked a minor league deal with the Nats, per this tweet from MLB.com's Bill Ladson.

Ballard is a 27-year-old native of Norfolk, Va., who has logged a 51-43 record and 4.50 ERA in eight minor league seasons. He spent the first five years of his pro career in the Rangers system before joining the Orioles organization last season, when he went 8-3 with a 3.33 ERA at Double-A Bowie and 2-4 with a 4.91 ERA at Triple-A Norfolk.

The southpaw has pitched well at Double-A in his career, going 23-12 with a 3.68 ERA in parts of three seasons. But he's struggled in parts of four campaigns at Triple-A, where he has a 12-17 record and 5.34 ERA,

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