The Nationals are set to sign Juan Gutierrez to a minor league pact, according to Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors (via Twitter). The deal will become official upon the passing of a physical.
After being released by the Phillies on Saturday, Gutierrez had interest from “multiple” teams and his camp was in the midst of advanced talks with one, according to Adams (Twitter link). Gutierrez’s stop in Philly didn’t last long as the hurler was signed roughly two months ago.
The 32-year-old Gutierrez has posted a 3.66 ERA, 7.3 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9 in 51 2/3 innings this season at two Triple-A affiliates. He spent last season in the Giants bullpen, tallying a 3.96 ERA with 6.2 K/9, 2.3 BB/9 and a 36.8 percent ground-ball rate in 63 2/3 innings. Gutierrez’s fastball averaged a healthy 93.5 mph, and his career mark in that regard is 94 mph.