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Nationals announce 1-year deal with Joaquin Benoit, put Joe Ross on 60-day DL

Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit throws in the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres during a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Jared Wickerham)

The Washington Nationals say they have agreed to a one-year deal with 40-year-old reliever Joaquin Benoit.

The team announced the move Wednesday, along with placing pitcher Joe Ross on the 60-day disabled list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery in July.

The Nationals didn't release terms of the agreement, though a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Monday that it was for $1 million. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't official at the time.

Benoit is a right-hander who first reached the big leagues in 2001. He has played for eight teams, finishing last year with Pittsburgh.

He has 764 career appearances, going 58-49 with a 3.83 ERA and 53 saves.

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