Nats sign 21 Minor League free agents

Nats sign 21 Minor League free agents

WASHINGTON -- In need of depth in both their 40-man roster and Minor League system, the Nationals agreed to terms with 21 Minor League free agents.

Right-handers Tim Redding and Joel Hanrahan, infielder Josh Wilson and outfielder Michael Restovich agreed to one-year contracts and were added to the Nationals' 40-man roster.

The Nationals also agreed to terms on Minor League contracts with right-handers Jermaine Van Buren, T.J. Nall, Colby Lewis, Felix Diaz, Eduardo Valdez, Josh Hall, Winston Abreu and Jim Magrane; left-handers Mike Bacsik, Billy White and Chris Michalak; catchers Juan Brito and Danny Ardoin; infielders Joe Thurston and Alejandro Machado; and outfielders Darnell McDonald and Wayne Lydon.

"A lot of these guys have a shot at the big-league job," said assistant general manager Bob Boone. "Right now, when you look at our starting rotation, and we are assuming that [John] Patterson is healthy, it's Patterson and a dogfight. These Minor League free agents are the cream of the crop as far as six-year free agents go. From our standpoint, we think a few of them will connect."

Redding, 28, went 12-10 with a 3.40 ERA in 29 games (28 starts) last season for Triple-A Charlotte. He ranked among International League leaders in complete games, innings, strikeouts, wins and ERA.

In five big-league seasons (2001 to 2005), Redding went 21-34 with a 5.16 ERA in 101 games (76 starts) with the Astros, Padres and Yankees. His best season came in 2003, when he finished 10-14 with a 3.68 ERA in 33 games (32 starts) for the Astros.

Hanrahan, 25, was the Dodgers' second-round selection in the 2000 First-Year Player Draft. In 2006, his sixth and final season with the Dodgers, he combined to go 11-5 with a 3.58 ERA in 26 starts for Triple-A Las Vegas and Double-A Jacksonville. In seven seasons as a professional, Hanrahan is 62-45 with a 4.23 ERA in 174 games (167 starts).

Restovich, the Twins' second-round selection in the 1997 First-Year Player Draft, has played in the big leagues each of the last five seasons, hitting .250 with six home runs and 20 RBIs in 137 games with the Twins, Rockies, Pirates and Cubs.

The 27-year-old has hit more than 20 home runs in four of his last five Minor League seasons, averaging 23 long balls per year. Defensively, he recorded a career-high 20 outfield assists for Triple-A Edmonton in 2002.

Wilson, 25, batted .307 with 10 home runs, 45 RBIs and 15 stolen bases last season for Colorado Springs of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. Florida's third-round selection in the 1999 First-Year Player Draft, he has hit at least 15 home runs in each of the last three seasons, including a career-high 17 for Triple-A Albuquerque in 2005. He played in 11 games for the Marlins in 2005.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.