Nats claim Doug Slaten off waivers

Baseball’s offseason has officially begun. The Nats made their first move to bolster the bullpen today and claimed left-handed reliever Doug Slaten off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks.


The 6-foot-5, Venice Calif., native is 3-5 with 13 holds and a 3.68 ERA in 126 career Major League appearances with Arizona spanning four seasons (2006-2009). During his four-year Big League career, Slaten has suffered just one blown save, stranded 77 percent of inherited base runners (60 of 78) and limited left-handed batters to a .322 on-base mark while yielding just four home runs. 


Slaten’s finest season came in 2007, when he posted seven holds en route to a 2.72 ERA in 61 appearances as the Diamondbacks claimed the NL West title.


The 29-year-old Slaten was on the D-backs Opening Day roster but struggled a bit in 2009. When it was all said and done, he made three brief Major League stints, appearing in 11 games (6.1 innings). He spent the majority of the season with the Triple-A Reno Aces, going 3-2 with nine saves and a 3.09 ERA in 39 appearances.


Slaten was Arizona’s 17th-round selection in the 2000 First-Year Player Draft out of Pierce College in Los Angeles.


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