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Williams, Claussen add pitching depth to Nationals

WASHINGTON -- Right-hander Jerome Williams and left-hander
Brandon Claussen agreed to terms Friday with the Washington
Nationals, who are desperate for pitching depth.

Williams, who gets a one-year deal paying him $500,000 in the
majors and $90,000 in the minors, went 0-2 with a 7.30 ERA in five
appearances with the Chicago Cubs last season. He was optioned in
April to Triple-A Iowa, where he was 5-7 with a 4.76 ERA. The
Oakland Athletics claimed Williams off waivers in September, then
declined to tender him a contract offer last month.

He's 23-24 with a 4.03 ERA across four major league seasons with
the Cubs and San Francisco Giants.

Claussen agreed to a minor league deal and will be in the
Nationals' big league camp while he works his way back from August
shoulder surgery, including repair of a rotator cuff tear.
He's 16-27 with a 5.04 ERA in 58 starts in the majors with the
Cincinnati Reds and New York Yankees.

Also Friday, the Nationals hired Lee Kuntz as head athletic
trainer. He was Cleveland's minor league rehabilitation coordinator
the past four years.