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Nationals sign reliever Evan Meek, 1B/OF Kila Ka'aihue to Minor League deals

The Washington Nationals announced minor league deals with invitations to Spring Training for both veteran reliever Evan Meek and first baseman/outfielder Kila Ka'aihue this afternoon.

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With much less fanfare than their last signing, the Washington Nationals announced this afternoon that they had inked veteran reliever Evan Meek and and first baseman/outfielder Kila Ka'aihue to Minor League contracts with invitations to Spring Training.'s Bill Ladson was first with the news of both signings, announcing each on Twitter within the last week:

Meek, 31, signed a free agent deal with the Baltimore Orioles last winter, and spent the majority of the season with the O's Triple-A affiliate, going (2-0) with 16 saves, a 1.94 ERA, a 2.49 FIP, four walks (0.86 BB/9) and 37 Ks (7.99 K/9) in 41 ⅔ IP.

In 23 games and 23 ⅓ IP for the Orioles, Meek put up a 5.79 ERA and a 5.10 FIP, with 11 walks (4.24 BB/9) and 16 Ks (6.17 K/9).

The one-time All-Star put together his strongest season in the majors in 2010 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, posting a 2.14 ERA, a 3.45 FIP, 31 walks (3.49 BB/9) and 70 Ks (7.88 K/9) in 80 IP.

Ka'aihue, 30, has played 126 games total in the majors, 87 with the Kansas City Royals who drafted him in 2002 and 39 with the Oakland A's who acquired the 1B/DH in 2011.

In twelve minor league seasons, Ka'aihue has put up a combined .268/.391/.468 line.

He spent the last two seasons with the Hiroshima Carp in Nippon Professional baseball, posting a combined .258 AVG with 20 doubles and 25 HRs in 600 PAs.