Nationals sign J.C. Romero to minor-league deal

The Washington Nationals have signed left-handed reliever J.C.

Romero to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring

training.

The 36-year-old veteran is expected to travel with the team to

Port St. Lucie for Saturday’s spring game against the New York

Mets. Romero is expected to begin the season with Triple-A

Syracuse, but manager Davey Johnson said Friday he provides

”insurance” for the Nationals, in case they need another

left-handed reliever.

Romero, who recently pitched for Puerto Rico in the World

Baseball Classic, has played for eight teams in a 14-year career.

He pitched for three different teams in both the 2011 and 2012

seasons.

In 680 career games, he has a 34-28 record with seven saves and

a 4.16 ERA.