Nats sign lefty Gonzalez to minor league deal

The Nationals are bringing on another Scott Boras client.

Michael Gonzalez, a left-handed reliever who has spent nine seasons in the big leagues, has agreed to a minor league deal with the Nats, the team announced.

Gonzalez will report to the Nationals' Viera, Fla., complex. He has previously spent time with the Rangers, Orioles, Braves and Pirates, posting a career line of 17-21 with a 2.94 ERA and 56 saves.

Two of the last three seasons, however, Gonzalez's ERA has been above 4.00.

Because Gonzalez hasn't pitched since last season, he will likely need some time to build up arm strength at extended spring training.

Then, the Nationals will likely decide whether he's able to help the major league club or will join one of their affiliates.

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