On a continued search to further bolster their bullpen, the Washington Nationals on Thursday signed veteran relief pitcher Kevin Jepsen to a minor-league deal, according to a report from FanRag Sports. According to the report, Jepsen received a July 26 opt-out as part of the deal.
Jepsen, 32, is yet to catalogue a big-league appearance this season, and has spent the majority of the year rehabbing from a quadriceps injury.
He spent last year splitting time between the Minnesota Twins and Tampa Bay Rays, logging 58 appearances during the regular season. During that time, Jepsen compiled a single-season career-worst 5.98 ERA and a record of 2-6. He was much more reliable in both 2014 and 2015, when he posted a combined ERA south of 2.50. However, due to his extended absence, Jepsen will likely require the time in the minors to re-adjust before making his debut for the big-league club.
The right-hander broke into the bigs as a member of the Los Angeles Angels and has posted a career 3.92 ERA over the course of 400 innings of work.
Jepsen’s addition makes for the second veteran the Nationals have acquired this week — earlier, general manager Mike Rizzo signed Francisco Rodriguez, also to a minor-league deal.