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Posted at 2:32 PM ET, 12/20/2010

Nats sign Mattheus, ink six to minor-league deals

By Dave Sheinin

The Nationals announced the signing of RHP Ryan Mattheus to a one-year big league contract, plus six other players to minor-league signings with spring training invitations.

Mattheus, a 27-year-old reliever, came to the Nationals in the Joe Beimel trade in July 2009, shortly after undergoing elbow ligament-replacement surgery in July 2009. He returned to the mound in 2010, making a total of 10 relief appearances for the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Nationals and short-season Class A Vermont. Before blowing out his elbow, he was a well-regarded prospect in the Rockies' system, appearing in the Futures Game in 2008.

Here is a quick look at the six players signed to minor-league deals:

*RHP Joe Bisenius: He's the most familiar name on the list, at least for Nationals fans, as he was a surprise September call-up for the team in 2010, making five relief appearances in the majors following a strong minor-league season. He is 28 years old and previously appeared in the majors with Philadelphia in 2007.

*RHP Tim Wood: He made 44 big-league appearances for the Marlins in 2009-10, producing a 4.32 ERA but only 26 strikeouts, against 25 walks, in a total of 50 innings. He's 28 years old.

*1B Michael Aubrey: He's a former top prospect of the Cleveland Indians who had cups of coffee in the big leagues with Cleveland (2008) and Baltimore (2009), before spending 2010 with the Orioles' Class AAA affiliate in Norfolk, where he hit .235/.310/.495. Now 28, he was the 11th overall pick of the June 2003 draft.

*IF Brian Bixler: He was in the Nationals' system for part of 2010, appearing in 27 games for Class AAA Syracuse. Before that, he appeared in a total of 68 games for the Pirates in 2008-09, hitting just .178/.238/.237. Now 28, he was rated as one of the Pirates' top 10 prospects in 2007 and 2008.

*OF Jeff Frazier: He was a Class AAA all-star in 2010 for Toledo, a Detroit Tigers affiliate, and also appeared in nine games for the Tigers. He is a career .276/.327/.424 hitter in the minors. He is also 28.

*OF Jonathan Van Every: He had brief stints in the big league with the Red Sox in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and is a .254/.356/.477 hitter in 10 minor-league seasons. He is 31.

By Dave Sheinin  | December 20, 2010; 2:32 PM ET
 
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Comments

I saw Mattheus at Tulsa (AA Rox). He was good. Hard thrower with decent control. If his elbow is back in shape, he could be good.

Posted by: fpcsteve | December 20, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Dive!

Posted by: swanni | December 20, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

What a waste of good ink.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | December 20, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

ya know if the Nats were a contending team, then these supplemental players to round out a team would probably be a good thing. But since the players in front of these signees aren't much better, it really doesn't mean anything. It's just more fat on top of the gristle.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | December 20, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Phase 2, baby!

Bixler might make the club as a utility guy?

Right now Rizzo is someplace crossing his fingers that Webb takes their offer. I think that unless there is much more money here than in either Chicago or Texas, he's not likey to take it.

I am guessing that he'd rather be the #2-3 guy for the Cubs or Rangers in his return to the bigs, than the Ace of the Nats (hard for me to see him thinking Desmond is going to field all of those ground balls the way Andrus or Castro would, both of those other clubs will likely score better than the Nats will and each has at least as good a bull pen).

Posted by: dfh21 | December 20, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Funny how you waste good ink to complain about wasting good ink.


What a waste of good ink.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | December 20, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

ya know if the Nats were a contending team, then these supplemental players to round out a team would probably be a good thing. But since the players in front of these signees aren't much better, it really doesn't mean anything. It's just more fat on top of the gristle.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | December 20, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Sunderland | December 20, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I know the Nationals love to collect minor league arms for the bullpen, but we really need some focus on landing a legitimate starting pitcher for the rotation here in DC.

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | December 20, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

dfh21, sorry to inform you, but:

"According to MLB.com's Bill Ladson, the Cubs and Rangers have "jumped ahead" of the Nationals in the running for Brandon Webb.

The Nats may be scaling back their spending. There are so few quality starting pitchers left on the open market and Webb is likely to command a decent-sized one-year contract."

Source: MSNBC

Posted by: swanni | December 20, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

>>The Nats may be scaling back their spending

Good 1. What spending?

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | December 20, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

This sounds more like toxic waste diving, than Dumpster diving. It is good to know that the Nats are the last stop for players before they start their career Harris Teeter..

Posted by: hansenjo | December 20, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

All 30 major league teams will sign players of this quality every year. It's normal. It's necessary. You cheapen your own arguments when you start knee jerk complaining about such things. The boys who cried cheep....

Posted by: natbiscuits | December 20, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

>You cheapen your own arguments when you start knee jerk complaining about such things. The boys who cried cheep....

Posted by: natbiscuits

It ain't your blog. Suck on it and like it.

Posted by: Brue | December 20, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

natbiscuits, but players of this quality often make the Nats' Major League team. Kevin Mench. Willy Taveras. Jason Simontacchi. etc. etc.

This is how the Nats keep their roster filled and their payroll low.

Posted by: swanni | December 20, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

I miss Rob Dibble.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | December 20, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

more fodder for a big trade???

Posted by: destewar | December 20, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Not fodder for a trade.
Who is going to trade for guys they could have just signed to minor league deals like we just did????
Mostly, it's filling out the Syracuse roster.

Posted by: Sunderland | December 20, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Wow. That was a little rude. It's not your blog either.

Posted by: natbiscuits | December 20, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

The Red Sox announced 6 minor league signings too:

Rich Hill, Andrew Miller, Randy Williams Lenny DiNardo, Clevelan Santeliz and Ryan Harvey.

These are not dramatically different in quality or quantity. Every team does it. And this is when they do it.

Posted by: natbiscuits | December 20, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Biscuits is right. Teams sign a multitude of players to minor league deals ALL the time. The only reason we take note is because Kilgore wrote about it, if this wasnt in the paper no one would have known or cared we signed these players.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | December 20, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

These are the guys we sign? And we expect them to play instead of Dunn and Cliff Lee? Rizzo is clueless and should be fired. There is no way based on these signings we don't lose 110 next year.

Wow, that was fun to spin the post and make it as negative as I could.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | December 20, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Let me make some guesses about the demographics of Brue and some of the other more rude posters:

Age: 23 1/2
Education: degree in some b.s. major from a lower-tier college.
Post-college employment (exclusive of seasonal, minimum wage work in the service industry): none, unless you count describing yourself as a "computer consultant" a job.
Place of residence: parents' basement
Boyfriend/girfriend: no
human friends: 2
"cyber" friends: 8
"cyber" friends you'd be able to pick out of a lineup: 0
computer viruses picked up on porn sites: 5,642
Days spent in baseball management at any level: 0

So perhaps you might want to lay off the nastiness addressed at bona fide fans who mistakenly treat this website as a means for thoughtful discussion rather than the domain of a bunch of social-misfit losers whose self worth is measured by the vitriol in and reaction to their own self-published cyber postings.

Sincerely yours,
a licensed social worker with two degrees in psychology and a healthy perspective on life.

Posted by: flotsam3 | December 20, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Ok, I'm sick of it. This site is owned by Brue, Swanni, Skins fan, and dfh. They're always negative, say the same things over and over, are pathetically attention seeking, and seem to know very little about baseball. They occupy most of this site's space, have a feeling of entitlement, and are impossible to ignore, because one or the other is at least every second post. Worst of all, there are some, otherwise intelligent Nat fans, who defer to them. And I never thought I'd resort to name calling.

Posted by: jcampbell1 | December 20, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

>Biscuits is right. Teams sign a multitude of players to minor league deals ALL the time. The only reason we take note is because Kilgore wrote about it, if this wasnt in the paper no one would have known or cared we signed these players.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw

I hear NASA's hiring. And what else have we learned about the internet today? Let's all share!

Posted by: Brue | December 20, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Instead of everyone's dirty laundry, wouldn’t it be more prudent in spending this money internationally? To me I would rather spend a million on a Taiwanese kid, than on a 31 year old who holds no future with the team other than taking up space on a minor league bus.

Posted by: hansenjo | December 20, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Um, that "Internet" is a proper noun?
---------
And what else have we learned about the internet today? Let's all share!
Posted by: Brue | December 20, 2010 4:24 PM

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | December 20, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

>>computer viruses picked up on porn sites: 5,642

Hey I wasn't the one.....btw any1 know how to get rid of those viruses.......bwahahahahah.

And you want positivity. Tell you what, I'll make you a promise. The Day the Nats finish outside the celler, I'll be all sunshine. More importantly, I wish some of you lemmings would hold this franchises feet to the fire so maybe they would finally do something. Ya think we all don't want a winner. This is getting old real fast.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | December 20, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

flotsam, easily the most immature posting I've ever seen on NJ.

Posted by: Sunderland | December 20, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

<a licensed social worker with two degrees in psychology and a healthy perspective on life.

Posted by: flotsam3

Do you see new clients? I need some help. Because if I gotta watch a year where they're going BACKWARDS I'm gonna lose it. I definitely have an unhealthy perspective on life. I've had enough of this garbage. I'm completely fed up with the bastids. Besides the fact that I have a brother who went to MIT and a daughter who's 3.5 pre-med at Yale and you don't, is that I really don't care what people think. And you do. You see how I did that?

Have you ever been to BPG? Do I have to explain myself AGAIN? Look, I'm here to talk straight baseball. Period. No bs. Well, maybe a little. But nothing like the opera Pants is putting on. One blubbering excuse after another. You notice how he's always a little 'late' to everything? I don't know if it's cowardice and not wanting to deal with an issue, or his schedule for doing things isn't rapid enough. You know, maybe he's on scout's time - be patient and observe, try to project someone 3 years down the road. Take notes. Compare. They just climb right down the ladder with expectations because he just can't pull the trigger -in time, or at all. Like Boz says, everybody's watching and if this season is a disaster, then he'll be the first one to point the finger at Pants. God Save The Pants

Posted by: Brue | December 20, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

"More fodder for a big trade???"

No, just more fodder. Sigh.

Posted by: howjensen | December 20, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

We will need a really strong bullpen this year, cuz I don't see any new starting pitching on the horizon coming the Nats way. Looks like our starters will consist of:
Lannan
Marquis
Zimmermann
Livan
??? (Pavano?)
Man, that's a lot of #3 & #4 starters. No Webb. No Greinke. No Garza.
Looks like Livan's the staff "ace." Again.

Also, is it true that LaRoche is gonna sign with the Os? If so, good for them. Looks like they're doing a pretty good job so far this offseason (hint, hint). Of course, March is still a long ways off. But the clock is ticking...

Posted by: nyskinsdiehard | December 20, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Flotsam that was a moronic post. No one cares that you have a job. This is a Nats forum, why does it matter if someone is a bum or not as long as they have an opinion on the Nats. No need to throw out made up insults.

Posted by: amorris525 | December 21, 2010 1:49 AM | Report abuse

@Flotsam...absolutely right. I do understand your frustration. As a licensed and educated mental health professional, however, you must remember that these people do exist. What you must also remember is that every ball club site has at least as many trolls as NJ. It's simply a matter of the human condition.

BTW...for those who wonder why the Nats are spending time signing guys who may never make the big club, let's see:

5 or 6 minor league clubs (depending how you count GCL, etc.) @~20 players each = 100 minor league players under contract. There is a reason that MLB has 50 rounds in the draft. For every Bryce Harper, you need a lot of cannon fodder to play with/against him.

Posted by: mikecatcher50 | December 21, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

@Flotsam...absolutely right. I do understand your frustration. As a licensed and educated mental health professional, however, you must remember that these people do exist. What you must also remember is that every ball club site has at least as many trolls as NJ. It's simply a matter of the human condition.

BTW...for those who wonder why the Nats are spending time signing guys who may never make the big club, let's see:

5 or 6 minor league clubs (depending how you count GCL, etc.) each club needs about 20 players which is 100 minor league players under contract. There is a reason that MLB has 50 rounds in the draft. For every Bryce Harper, you need a lot of cannon fodder to play with/against him.

Posted by: mikecatcher50 | December 21, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Sorry about the double clutch. I got a refusal and thought that the symbols in the first post had kicked it back.

Posted by: mikecatcher50 | December 21, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

You can't be serious, right? Rich Hill and Andrew Miller actually have potential. Lenny DiNardo while not a good major leaguer probably has more innings in the majors than every player the Nats just signed combined.

I agree that this isn't anything to get worked up about, all teams do just what the Nationals did, but you just gave a really, really bad example to prove your point. What good teams do during this period (in addition to filling out their AAA roster) is to sign players with potential that other teams have released (like Andrew Miller). Players like Marte (Indians) and Wood (Angels). So hopefully the Nats aren't done, but if you look at the playoff teams over the last several years you'll most likely find at least major contributor who was signed to a minor league contract. These contracts aren't just window dressing, it's going for low-risk/high-reward.

>>The Red Sox announced 6 minor league >>signings too:
>>Rich Hill, Andrew Miller, Randy Williams >>Lenny DiNardo, Clevelan Santeliz and >>Ryan Harvey.
>>These are not dramatically different in >>quality or quantity. Every team does it. >>And this is when they do it.

Posted by: natbiscuits | December 20, 2010 3:58 PM

Posted by: noahthek | December 22, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

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