Nationals sign another relief pitcher in Josh Roenicke
The Nationals have quietly added to their already strong, young squad this offseason, and that continued today with the addition of reliever Josh Roenicke.
The 31-year-old righty took a minor league offer with Washington, with whom his brother-in-law, Ian Desmond, is already gainfully employed.
Roenicke is in the middle of a six-year career that has thus far culminated in a 4.17 ERA, 1.520 WHIP, and 168 strikeouts over 220.1 innings with the Reds, Blue Jays, Rockies, and Twins. He is entering a feisty competition for a relief role on a team where many spots are already presumed taken.
The Nationals' bullpen has three key pieces in the back in Rafael Soriano, Tyler Clippard, and Drew Storen. Lefties Jerry Blevins and Xavier Cedeno will fill out long and short term roles, and Craig Stammen is a solid arm that, even without a specified role, is worth keeping around. There is no shortage, however, of hurlers invited to Nationals' training camp, hoping to make a name for themselves and find a niche among whatever roles remain.
Throwing two and four-seam fastballs, a curve, slider, and change-up, Roenicke has shown an ability to miss bats, but still can't seem to notch a strong number of strikeouts per nine innings.