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Yippee! Doug Slaten!
Slaten is a 31 year-old lefty reliever. He was decent in limited action with the Nats over the last two years, but missed some time with an elbow injury. He should add a little bit of lefty depth in the bullpen – the Bucs don’t have much of it right now behind Tony Watson, Daniel Moskos, and possibly J0-Jo Reyes.
It’s a minor league deal with an invite to spring training, and Slaten turned down offers from the Brewers and Rangers…so that’s cool. Slaten probably won’t be on the Opening Day roster, but there’s a decent chance he’ll big league action at some point this season.
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Though terms of the agreement have not all been finalized, left-hander Doug Slaten has chosen to sign a Minor League deal with the Pirates, an industry source confirmed Wednesday. The addition of Slaten will give the club another lefty reliever to consider for its bullpen.
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The Pirates signed lefty reliever Doug Slaten to a minor league, deal, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Slaten, 31, tossed 16 1/3 innings for the Nationals this year and another 10 1/3 in the minors, missing much of the season with an elbow injury. He was non-tendered by the Nationals last month after earning $695K in 2011.
Outfielder Mike Cameron said that free-agent first baseman Prince Fielder would be a great fit for the Nationals because his presence would make them a force in the National League East.