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Nats sign reliever Stange to minor-league deal

Nov 21, 2013, 3:50 PM EST

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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.

  1. langleyclub - Nov 21, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Rizzo loves to reconnect with players from his Arizona days.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Nov 21, 2013 at 4:19 PM

      Yes but nothing like Bowden on Reds.

      • nats128 - Nov 21, 2013 at 4:55 PM

        Did you have to remind us?

      • nats128 - Nov 21, 2013 at 4:56 PM

        Ugh, I see Mark made a Bowden reference in the last sentence above “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.”

  2. Theophilus T.S. - Nov 21, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Every time someone uses the term “husky (not in connection with a dog) I think of Todd Coffey and urrp. They’ll waste Spring Training meal money but won’t risk market-sized money on someone capable of filling an important hole.

    • David Proctor - Nov 21, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      What are you even talking about?

      • natsjackinfl - Nov 21, 2013 at 5:10 PM

        Guys signed to minor league contracts. Big deal.

      • nats128 - Nov 21, 2013 at 5:28 PM

        “Stange, who turns 28 next month, is a husky (6-foot-2, 210 pounds)”

        If thats husky then what is Livan Hernadez?

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Nov 21, 2013 at 7:35 PM

      Is it pronounced like it rhymes with HANG, or rhymes (or-)ANGE, or rhymes with STRANGE? And does he gave a nickname?

      • mauimo22 - Nov 23, 2013 at 10:54 AM

        Dr Stange Love?

    • therealjohnc - Nov 21, 2013 at 8:14 PM

      This criticism makes no sense. Not only have the Nationals spent to the level of raising their payroll into the $125-135 million range (with no end in sight), they risked market-sized moeny on someone capable of filling an important hole just last year: Dan Haren. It didn’t work, but that’s why it’s called “risk.” One upside is that it was a risk without long-term ramifications. But it is an example or the team spending money to fill an important hole. They did the same thing with Soriano.

      Agree or disagree with the moves, evidence pretty conclusively shows that the Nationals are willing to risk market-sized money for a player they think meets a need.

      • David Proctor - Nov 21, 2013 at 8:38 PM

        You know how they say old habits die hard? Well old criticisms do, too.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Nov 21, 2013 at 8:58 PM

        Nice reply to Theo. I read his comment and just shook my head. For the last 2 years early in the Hot Stove we have seen some posters get antsy as if nothing will happen but his post seems like he is new to all of this. I don’t get it.

        I wouldn’t be disappointed if the only move was adding quality to the bench and bullpen. This team looks good to me if LaRoche bounces back and the team has good health.

  3. Faraz Shaikh - Nov 21, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    so Nats’ roster is already full at 40. no free agent signings?

    • David Proctor - Nov 21, 2013 at 7:19 PM

      There are plenty of people who can still be cut if/when we make signings.

      • Steady Eddie - Nov 21, 2013 at 7:37 PM

        And apart from the separate question of options, you just wait until after the Rule 5 draft and you don’t have to use the 40man to protect people who you have little expectation of bringing up.

  4. Steady Eddie - Nov 21, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Of course, that “Little expectation of bringing up” is aside from people like Matt Purke (when he was in the lower levels) who signed a major-league contract in the first place, when they drafted him.

  5. Drew - Nov 22, 2013 at 5:36 AM

    I wonder whether he’s related to Lee Stange, who pitched in the 60s for the Twins, Indians and Red Sox.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Nov 22, 2013 at 11:58 AM

      The Stinger! Good catch, Drew.

      Lee Stang was from my old home town, tho much earlier. And hey, there’s a local angle:
      In 1953, “Professional scouts took notice of the [high school star] pitcher. Washington Senators scout Ossie Bluege approached him about a contract, but Stange declined the offer, saying that he was headed to Drake University.” (from his SABR bio)

      But I find no mention of any relation between them.

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