Do the Nationals now have more Reds from 5 years ago than the Reds have Reds from 5 years ago? - Petey
Cool stat: Ron's been with 11 MLB teams, including MULTIPLE YEARS with an astonishing 6 MLB clubs. Dunno if that's a record, but it might be. - Petey
The Nationals continue to add insurance to the organization by signing left-hander Ron Villone to a Minor League contract on Friday. He will play for Triple-A Syracuse and be its only left-hander out of the bullpen.
Washington added Villone in case one of the team's three left-handed relievers -- Michael Hinckley, Wil Ledezma or Joe Beimel -- falters in the bullpen. Acting general manager Mike Rizzo declined to comment for this story, and Villone was unavailable for comment.
Villone is a 14-year veteran who has played for 11 Major League teams, including the Yankees, Cardinals and Blue Jays. He is 56-59 with a 4.75 ERA during his career. Last year, Villone played with the Cardinals and had a 4.68 ERA in 74 games. The southpaw was a non-roster invitee this spring with the Mets, but did not make the cut.