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Reliever Matt Belisle agrees to minor league deal with Nats

VIERA, Fla. -- The Washington Nationals agreed to a minor league deal with right-handed reliever Matt Belisle on Wednesday that includes an invite to spring training.

Belisle, 35, is a 12-year major league veteran who spent last season with the St. Louis Cardinals. He also pitched for new Nationals manager Dusty Baker in Cincinnati.

Belisle had a 2.67 ERA in 34 appearances last season. He has a career 4.34 ERA.

Belisle and the rest of Washington's pitchers and catchers report to spring training Thursday.