Nationals sign 19 to 'Minor' deals

Nationals sign 19 to 'Minor' deals

WASHINGTON -- Hoping to find a diamond in the rough, the Nationals agreed to terms with 19 Minor League free agents Tuesday, inviting all of them to Spring Training.

The list includes pitchers Mike Bacsik, Tristan Crawford, Mike Hinckley, Arnie Munoz, Steven Shell, Jason Stanford, Dennis Tankersley, Bobby Brownlie and Jim Ed Warden, catchers Humberto Cota and Chad Moeller, infielders William Bergolla, Yurendell de Caster and Antonio Perez, Luis Jimenez and Ed Rogers and outfielders Jason Dubois, Tommy Murphy and Jorge Padilla.

Of all the players signed, Bacsik and Munoz have Major League experience with the Nationals.

Munoz, 25, appeared in 13 games with Washington as a September callup last season, holding the opposition scoreless in 11 of his 13 games yet registering a 6.75 ERA. Bacsik, who was the Nationals' swing man in 2007 and went 5-8 with a 5.11 ERA, is best known for surrendering Barry Bonds' 756th home run, which broke Hank Aaron's record for career home runs.

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