The Phillies are close to signing lefthander Wandy Rodriguez, according to the team's play-by-play broadcaster Angel Ibo, stated a report on

The deal is expected to be a minor-league contract, but Rodriguez, who has made just 18 starts over the last two season, would have an opportunity to compete for a spot in the rotation.

Rodriguez, 35, has been hampered with injuries the last couple of seasons and only started six games in 2014.

Across 10 major-league, Rodriguez is 91-94 with a 4.06 ERA.

Nats sign Uggla

The Washington Nationals agreed to terms with second baseman Dan Uggla on a minor-league deal with an invitation to major-league spring training.

The Nationals also announced similar deals Friday with reliever Heath Bell, third baseman Ian Stewart, first baseman Clint Robinson, and righthanded pitchers Scott McGregor and Mitch Lively.

Kuroda back to Japan

Free-agent righthander Hiroki Kuroda will return to Japan next season to pitch for his first team, the Hiroshima Toyo Carp, Japanese media reported.

Kuroda, who turns 40 in February, has signed a one-year contract worth $3.3 million, according to the reports. Kuroda pitched for Hiroshima from 1997-2007 and then spent four years with the Los Angeles Dodgers before moving to the New York Yankees.