Report: Nationals sign reliever Fulchino

According to this tweet from the Houston Chronicle's Zachary Levine, the Nationals have signed right-handed reliever Jeff Fulchino, who split last season between the Padres and Astros.

In a five-season career that has also included stints with the Marlins and Royals, the 32-year-old Fulchino is 9-10 with a 4.84 ERA in 163 relief outings. He was 1-4 with a 5.71 ERA in 2011.

Manager Davey Johnson has stated his preference to have both right- and left-handed long men in his bullpen, but Fulchino pitched more than an inning only five times in 39 appearances last season. His max was two innings. So Fulchino may be viewed as a depth player.

Fulchino elected free agency in October. He was claimed by the Padres off waivers from the Astros in September. He'll get a split contract in D.C.


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