Williams, Claussen add pitching depth to Nationals

Updated: January 12, 2007, 12:41 PM ET
Associated Press

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.


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