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12/26/2009 11:00 AM ET
Washington Nationals agree to terms with left-hander Eddie Guardado on Minor League contract
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The Washington Nationals on Saturday agreed to terms with left-handed pitcher Eddie Guardado on a Minor League contract. Nationals senior vice president and general manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Guardado went 1-2 with five holds and a 4.46 ERA in 48 relief appearances last season with the Texas Rangers. Over his 17-year big league career, he has recorded 46 wins, 122 holds, 187 saves and a 4.31 ERA in 908 contests with the Twins (1993-2003, '08), Mariners (2004-06), Reds (2006-07) and Rangers (2008-09). The 39-year-old has posted a .251 batting average against, including a stingy .227 mark against left-handers.

Guardado led the American League with 45 saves in 2002 and tallied double-digit save totals in six straight seasons from 2001-06. He posted 165 saves during those seasons, 157 of which were posted in the AL. Over those years, only Mariano Rivera's 248 saves ranked higher in the Junior Circuit.

Guardado's 187 career saves rank 10th among active pitchers (second among left-handers) and his 122 holds rank 15th (sixth among left-handers).

Given the nickname "Everyday Eddie," Guardado ranks fourth among active pitchers (tops among left-handers) with 908 career appearances. He has averaged 59 appearances per season during the last 15 years (1995-2009).

A two-time All-Star, Guardado represented the Twins in both the 2002 and '03 Midsummer Classics. He led the Twins to postseason appearances in both of his All-Star seasons ('02-03).

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