The Nationals on Monday agreed to terms with six players on minor league deals, inviting them to spring training in Viera, Fla. Another got a major league contract. Some of these transactions have already been reported, others haven't. So in the interest of making sure everyone knows who's reporting to Space Coast Stadium, we'll provide the whole rundown.
Three players who spent last season in the Washington organization were re-signed: right-handers Joe Bisenius and Ryan Mattheus, and infielder Brian Bixler. The 28-year-old Bisenius made five relief appearances with the Nats, posting a 9.64 ERA, after going 4-0 with a 3.05 ERA and a save at three minor league levels of the Washington organization. The 27-year-old Mattheus, in his first action since July 2009 Tommy John surgery, was 1-1 with an 0.79 ERA in 10 appearances (including four starts) for the Rookie League Gulf Coast League affiliate and Single-A Vermont and earned a major league deal. The 28-year-old Bixler hit .340 at Triple-A Syracuse last year and has appeared in 68 big league games with Pittsburgh in 2008 and 2009.
The Nationals also signed right-hander Tim Wood, first baseman Michael Aubrey and outfielders Jeff Frazier and Jonathan Van Every.
The 28-year-old Wood was 1-1 with a save, four holds and a 4.32 ERA in 44 relief appearances for the Florida Marlins in 2009 and 2010. Aubrey is a 28-year-old former first-round pick by Cleveland who last played in the majors with the Orioles in 2009. Frazier reached the majors for the first time with Detroit last season after hitting 25 homers and driving in 73 runs at Triple-A Toledo. Van Every's signing was reported on MASNsports.com last week.