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Nationals add roster depth

Nationals add roster depth

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals added more depth by signing left-hander Ray King and infielder Pete Orr to non-guaranteed Minor League contracts with an invitation to Spring Training.

For King, it will mark his second stint with Washington. Last year he was a valuable situational lefty out of the bullpen for the Nationals, going 1-1 with a 4.54 ERA in 55 games before being traded to the Brewers in September for outfielder/first baseman Andrew Lefave. As a member of the Nationals, King held left-handed hitters to a .161 batting average.

The left-handed-hitting Orr spent last year with the Braves and went 13-for-65 (.200) with two RBIs. His best season came in 2005 when he hit .300 with a home run and eight RBIs for Atlanta. Orr can play second and third base and the outfield.


Bill Ladson is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.