The Nationals signed reliever Daniel Stange, one of Mike Rizzo’s former draft picks in Arizona who pitched this season at Class AAA with two different franchises, to a minor-league contract.
Stange, who turns 28 next month, is a husky (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) right-hander who has made seven career big-league appearances (four with the Diamondbacks in 2010, three with the Angels this year).
He opened the season with the Padres’ Class AAA affiliate in Tucson, going 1-0 with a 4.15 ERA in 26 games, striking out 43 but walking 24 in only 39 innings. Released by San Diego on June 16, he signed with the Angels five days later and wound up spending a week in the majors, allowing three runs in 1 2/3 innings spread over three appearances. He finished the year at Class AAA Salt Lake, going 4-1 with a 5.06 ERA and five saves in 26 games.
Stange, who pitched in college at UC-Riverside, was originally selected by the Diamondbacks in the seventh round of the 2006 draft. That was during Rizzo’s final month as Arizona’s scouting director before the Nationals hired him to serve as Jim Bowden’s assistant general manager.