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01/14/09 8:35 PM EST

Nats ink Towers to Minor League deal

Veteran right-hander gets invite to Spring Training

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals signed right-hander Josh Towers to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

Towers spent entire 2008 season with Triple-A Colorado Springs and went 6-7 with a 6.27 ERA in 31 games.

Towers, 31, has spent seven years in the big leagues and pitched for the Orioles and Blue Jays during that period. He is 45-55 with a 4.96 ERA during his career.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.