One morning in March, Matt Williams and Steve McCatty ventured over to the minor-league complex in Viera, Fla., to watch left-hander Felipe Rivero pitch out of the bullpen.
The Nationals open their series with the Pittsburgh Pirates, but will be without Bryce Harper.
2014 record: 88-74, 2nd place in NL Central
Manager: Clint Hurdle, 5th season
Estimated 2015 payroll: $88 million
Former Nationals fan favorite Steve Lombardozzi is about to join his fourth MLB team in about 13 months.
The Nationals added a former All-Star reliever to their bullpen mix on Wednesday, signing right-hander Evan Meek to a minor league deal with an invitation to big league spring training.