Nationals released RHP John Patterson.
Stunning. Obviously the Nationals shared the same concerns about Patterson's lack of velocity that we did, but he still looked like their probable Opening Day starter and they'll only save about $600,000 by cutting him. They're left with a rotation of Shawn Hill, Jason Bergmann, Tim Redding, Odalis Perez and either Matt Chico or John Lannan. They'll probably need both young lefties initially with Hill likely to open up on the DL.
honestly, even if he doesn't have his velocity. You don't release your best pitcher. It MAY make sense on a pitching rich team like the D-Rays. But Nationals got what? Odalis Perez, Tyler Clippard, Chico, Lannan? That's not good depth. Oh well.
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