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Washington Nationals agree to terms with right-handed reliever Julian Tavarez
03/13/2009 8:08 PM ET
The Washington Nationals today agreed to terms with right-handed relief pitcher Julian Tavarez on a non-guaranteed minor-league contract and Spring Training invitation. Nationals Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Baseball Operations Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Tavarez, 35, is 85-75 with 22 saves and a 4.45 ERA (677 ER/1369.1 IP) in 786 games (108 starts) spanning 16 seasons with Cleveland, San Francisco, Colorado, Chicago (NL), Florida, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta.

A veteran of five post-seasons, including two World Series (2004 with St. Louis, 1995 with Cleveland), Tavarez's 150 career holds rank fourth among active players behind only Arthur Rhodes (193), Alan Embree (187) and Bob Howry (165). Tavarez's 678 relief appearances rank ninth among active pitchers. He is also a four-time (1995, '00-02) double-digit winner at the big league level.

Last season, Tavarez combined to go 1-5 with six holds and a 5.10 ERA in 52 appearances for Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta. He recently worked 1.1 scoreless innings for the Dominican Republic in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

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