Nov 23, 2013, 11:27 AM EDT
Yunesky Maya’s time with the Washington Nationals has finally come to an end.
The team released the Cuban pitcher on Saturday after four years in the organization. Matt Eddy of Baseball America first reported the news.
Maya pitched one game for the Nats in 2013 before being designated for assignment. He was called up because of injuries and recorded just one out in his only appearance. That game was against the Giants in San Francisco on May 21, when Maya let up a walkoff home run to Pablo Sandoval in the bottom of the tenth inning.
Maya’s final appearance for the Nationals was a dramatic finale for the right-hander who signed a $6 million deal over four years in August of 2010. The Nats brought him in as an amateur free agent after he defected from his native Cuba.
Maya entered the organization with high hopes after being one of the best pitchers in Cuban baseball, but his success never translated in the majors. The 32-year-old leaves the Nationals with a 5.80 ERA through 16 total games, a span of 59 innings over three seasons.
The Nats first called up Maya in 2010 when he went 0-3 with a 5.88 ERA in five starts. He returned the following season to post a 5.23 ERA in ten games, five of them in relief.
Maya has enjoyed moderate success in the minor leagues over the years with a career 4.17 ERA through four seasons. After being DFA’d in May, he was returned to Syracuse after other teams passed on him. Given there was no interest in Maya then, it may be tough for him to find a new home. Maybe someone gives him a minor league deal late in the offseason to see what he can do in spring training.
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