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Washington Nationals reportedly sign veteran starter Bronson Arroyo

FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal is reporting tonight that Bronson Arroyo is "heading to the" Washington Nationals. The 38-year-old right-hander missed the 2015 campaign as he recovered from Tommy John surgery. No details of the deal are available yet...

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After multiple reports which said the Washington Nationals had interest in free agent right-hander Bronson Arroyo, an MLB.com writer, Mark Sheldon, reported on Monday that the starter said the Nats offered the 38-going-on-39-year-old pitcher a minor league deal:

Arroyo, who missed all of the 2015 season following Tommy John surgery, was traded twice while he was rehabbing last season, with the Arizona Diamondbacks dealing him to the Atlanta Braves and the Braves trading him to the Los Angeles Dodgers before he was granted free agency this past November.

The veteran of 15-year major league seasons as a starter has history with new Nats' skipper Dusty Baker.

Baker managed the right-hander from 2008-2013 when both were in Cincinnati.

In his last full season in the majors in 2013 with the Reds, Arroyo was (14-12) with a 3.79 ERA, a 4.49 FIP, 34 walks (1.51 BB/9) and 124 Ks (5.52 K/9) in 32 starts and 202 innings pitched.

In 14 starts for the D-Backs in 2014, Arroyo was (7-4) with a 4.08 ERA, a 4.32 FIP, 19 walks (1.99 BB/9) and 47 Ks (4.92 K/9) in 86 innings before he was shut down with the elbow issue.

According to FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal, who had previously reported on the Nationals' interest, they've signed Arroyo, though details of the deal were not included with the first report:

Will Arroyo challenge for a role in the Nationals' rotation, or start the year as rotation depth?

Can the veteran righty push either Tanner Roark or Joe Ross from the rotation, or will he ply his trade in Syracuse and wait for an opportunity?

More info when it's available...

UPDATE: The Nationals confirmed it's a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training: