Nov 6, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT
The beginning of this offseason saw Dan Haren and Chad Tracy officially cut loose, but it also included a group of Nats’ minor leaguers granted free agency. Players become minor league free agents after teams use up their six renewal years, leaving them without contracts for the next season.
Matt Eddy of Baseball America has a list of the 550 minor league free agents for this winter, and on it are 26 members of the Nationals organization.
Here is the list of Nats:
Right-handed Pitchers (8): (Syracuse) Mike Broadway, Caleb Clay, Mike Crotta, Cole Kimball, Jeff Mandel, Ryan Tatusko, Chris Young, (Potomac) Brian Broderick
Left-handed Pitchers (3): (Harrisburg) Bill Bray, Patrick McCoy, (Potomac) Josh Smoker
Catchers (4): (Syracuse) Carlos Maldonado, (Harrisburg) Brian Jeroloman, (Potomac) Sean McCauley, Beau Seabury
First basemen (2): (Syracuse) Chris Marrero, Jimmy VanOstrand
Second basemen (2): (Syracuse) Will Rhymes, (Potomac) Michael Gilmartin
Third basemen (3): (Harrisburg) Melvin Dorta, Carlos Rivero, (Hagerstown) Carlos Alvarez
Shorstops (1): (Syracuse) Josh R. Johnson
Outfielders (3): (Syracuse) Jason Michaels, Chris Rahl, (Harrisburg) Jerad Head
Several names stand out on the Nationals’ list, including former first round pick Chris Marrero. The first baseman was taken 15th overall in 2006 and has yet to reach his potential.
The Nats also appear ready to part ways with Cole Kimball who in 2011 looked like a solid relief pitching prospect. Kimball pitched in 12 games during the 2011 season in Washington and held a 1.93 ERA. Since his career has been derailed by injuries.
You will also notice the name Carlos Alvarez, who used to go by the name Esmailyn Gonzalez, or ‘Smiley.’ Alvarez was signed as an amateur free agent by the Nationals in 2006 before it was discovered he had fabricated both his name and age to get the contract.
The Nats appear to be done with pitchers Bill Bray and Chris Young as well. Both veterans were expected to compete for roles last season and it never quite worked out for either of them.
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