RICHMOND, Va. – Who said you can't go home again? Apparently, former Virginia Commonwealth University baseball standout Cla Meredith wasn't the one.

The Chesterfield, Va. native inked a minor-league deal with the local Washington Nationals, with the club inviting the side-winding right-hander to Spring Training in two weeks.

"Any professional contract is a blessing, but when I'm able to play so close to home, it's just an added bonus," Meredith said. "I can't wait to get to Spring Training and work hard to try and earn a spot in their bullpen."

Meredith has six major league seasons under his belt, splitting his time with the Red Sox, Padres and Orioles. He has made 286 appearances, logging 283.1 innings of work, walking just 80 and striking out 189. Last year, he split time with the Orioles and their Triple-A club in Norfolk.

His best major league season came in 2006, when he appeared in 45 games for San Diego, finishing with a 5-1 record and a miniscule 1.07 ERA.

During his three years at VCU, he was an intregral part of the Rams' staff, earning two All-CAA honors and compiled a 17-5 record and 15 saves, which ranks in the top-five all-time. His sophomore campaign (2003) earned him All-American accolades after he tallied a 6-0 mark with a school-record 1.19 ERA in 29 appearances.

He helped guide the Rams to two CAA regular season and tournament championships.

Meredith's invite to spring training makes it five former Rams in Major League Spring Training camps . Joining him is Scott Sizemore and Brandon Inge with Detroit, Sean Marshall with the Cubs and Cody Eppley with the Rangers.

The Nationals pitchers and catchers report on Wednesday, Feb. 16th in Viera, Fla.