Nationals Sign Rafael Martin

Washington has purchased the contract of right-handed reliever Rafael Martin from his Mexican League team, Saltillo.  ESPN's Jorge Arangure was the first to break the news (via Twitter), and said the Nationals "agreed to terms" with Martin for a deal worth $450K a "couple weeks ago."  MLB.com's Bill Ladson tweeted that Martin just passed his physical today, which may have been the reason for the delay in announcing the move.

Martin, 26, posted a 4.12 ERA in 63 1/3 innings for Saltillo last season and recorded 65 strikeouts.  Ladson reported that Martin will start the season in Double or Triple-A, and that the Nats see the reliever as a possible set-up man behind Drew Storen.  Ladson also said the Mariners and Yankees had been interested in acquiring Martin.



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