The Washington Times - December 20, 2011, 10:31AM

The Nationals signed Mike Cameron to a minor league contract with a spring training invite Monday afternoon and Tuesday they announced the official signings of nine other minor leaguers with invitations to big league camp.

Joining Cameron and the previously reported signing of Brett Carroll at major league camp will be right-handed pitchers Jeff Fulchino and Waldis Joaquin, catcher Carlos Maldonado, infielders Andres Blanco, Jarrett Hoffpauir and Chad Tracey, and outfielders Jason Michaels and Xavier Paul.


Courtesy of the Nationals, here is a little bit about each of their newest minor league additions:

Fulchino, 32, is 9-10 with 21 holds and a 4.84 ERA in 163 relief appearances during five big-league seasons with Miami (2006), Kansas City (2007), Houston (2009-11) and San Diego (2011).

Joaquin pitched in parts of the last three seasons with San Francisco, posting a 1-0 record with one hold and a 5.40 ERA in 19 relief appearances. In six minor-league seasons, the 24-year-old has gone 13-13 with a 3.50 ERA and 8.0 strikeouts per 9.0 innings (262 K/293.1 IP) over 167 games/26 starts.

A 16-year veteran catcher, Maldonado returns for his third season in the Nationals organization. The 32-year-old has appeared in 25 big-league games during three seasons with Pittsburgh (2006-07) and Washington (2010).

Blanco, 27, batted a combined .260 with 26 runs scored, 13 doubles, a triple, two home runs and 16 RBI over the last two seasons with the Texas Rangers. The switch-hitting infielder has played parts of six seasons in the Major Leagues with Kansas City (2004-06), Chicago-NL (2009) and Texas (2010-11).  

Hoffpauir hit .281 with five home runs and 34 RBI in 91 games last season with Tucson of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. The 28-year-old has appeared in 21 big-league games with St. Louis (2009) and Toronto (2010).

Tracy joins the Nationals after playing the 2011 season with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of Japan’s Central League. The 31-year-old has belted 79 home runs during his seven big-league seasons with Arizona (2004-09), Chicago-NL (2010) and Miami (2010). Tracy batted a combined .294 with 47 homers and 152 RBI for the Diamondbacks from 2005-06, reaching the 20-home run and 70-RBI plateaus in consecutive seasons.

Carroll, 29, has logged big-league time in each of the last five seasons with Miami (2007-10) and Milwaukee (2011). Last season, he hit .270 with 16 home runs, 63 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 117 contests with the Triple-A clubs in Nashville and Pawtucket.  

Michaels, 35, has hit .263 with 59 home runs and 299 RBI during his 11 major League campaigns with Philadelphia (2001-05), Cleveland (2006-08), Pittsburgh (2008) and Houston (2009-11).

Paul batted .255 with 30 runs scored, six doubles, five triples, two home runs, 20 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 128 games last season with Los Angeles-NL and Pittsburgh. The 26-year-old has played parts of three big-league seasons with the Dodgers (2009-11) and Pirates (11).