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Nationals sign Jacob Turner, Tim Collins to minor-league deals

The two pitchers will have a chance to make the Nats’ major-league team in spring training.

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The Nationals have signed pitchers Jacob Turner and Tim Collins to minor-league deals, according to a team announcement. The moves were announced alongside the signings of Mike Broadway and Emmanuel Burriss, which were previously reported.

Turner, 25, spent time with the White Sox last season, posting a 6.57 ERA in 24.2 innings, mostly in relief. The former top prospect was originally drafted by the Tigers and included as the key piece sent to the Marlins in the Omar Infante/Anibal Sanchez trade in 2012, but has not lived up to expectations in parts of five major-league seasons.

Collins, 27, posted a 3.54 ERA in 228 relief appearances in four years as a key member of the Royals’ bullpen from 2011 to 2014. He has dealt with two Tommy John surgeries since last appearing in the majors, and will compete for a spot in the Nats’ bullpen during spring training.