All in the family: Nats sign reliever Josh Roenicke

VIERA, FLA. — The Nationals signed relief pitcher Josh Roenicke to a minor-league contract on Friday with an invitation to spring training camp.

Roenicke, 31, appeared in 63 games with the Minnesota Twins last season with a 4.35 ERA. A 10th-round draft pick by the Cincinnati Reds in 2006 out of UCLA, he has pitched for that club along with the Twins, Toronto Blue Jays and Colorado Rockies. His career ERA is 4.17.

Roenicke is the son of former big leaguer Gary Roenicke, a one-time folk hero in Baltimore where he was a valuable platoon player in the early 1980s and helped that club win the 1983 World Series. Josh Roenicke was born in Baltimore, but grew up in northern California. His uncle, Ron Roenicke, also played eight seasons in the majors and is currently the manager of the Milwaukee Brewers.

It’s also an addition to the family. Roenicke is the brother-in-law of Nats shortstop Ian Desmond. He is married to Desmond’s sister, Nicole. It took Desmond about five minutes to welcome his brother-in-law with a little Twitter smack talk.

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