Mendez signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals on Wednesday, SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports. Mendez spent the past year overseas with the Hanshin Tigers of the Japan Central League, but will return stateside on a minor-league deal for the upcoming season. In 2016 during his most recent appearance with an MLB organization, Mendez pitched in 32 games for Triple-A Pawtucket within the Red Sox's system, posting a 3.38 ERA and 1.19 WHIP with a 59:27 K:BB in 64 innings. The right-hander has appeared in 45 major-league contests over his career, including 15 between Boston and the Rangers in 2015. Moving forward, he will serve as added depth for Washington's bullpen during the 2018 campaign.
Mendez pitched 5.1 innings this spring while posting an ERA of 10.31 and WHIP of 2.81. Mendez only appeared in five games for the Red Sox during the exhibition and he struggled through those chances. He was taken off the 40-man roster in December to make room for Chris Young, and Mendez will be in a continuous battle to regain that spot throughout the 2016 season while playing at Triple-A Pawtucket.
Mendez cleared waivers Monday and was outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports. Mendez was removed from the 40-man roster to help make room for some of Boston's new offseason acquisitions, and he apparently didn't garner much interest on waivers. The 25-year-old could see some time in the big league bullpen next season, but he'll more likely serve as relief depth in the minors.
Mendez was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on Wednesday. The Red Sox needed to make room on the 40-man roster for Chris Young, and Mendez was the odd man out after being claimed off waivers by Boston in September. He pitched decently in Triple-A last season in the Rangers' organization with a 2.78 ERA, but he had trouble translating it to the majors, as his ERA got up to 5.27.
The Red Sox announced Friday they have claimed reliever Roman Mendez off waivers from the Rangers. Mendez appeared in 12 games for Texas this season, going 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA. To make room for Mendez, Boston placed reliever Koji Uehara on the 60-day DL.
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