The Nationals released a couple of familiar names today: Shawn Estes and Eddie Guardado. We’ll see if either manages to catch on somewhere else.
My guess is that Steady Eddie’s chances are better than Estes’. Shawn has said he has “retired” from pitching at the AAA level, which means someone has to give him a major league job straight out of Spring Training, which obviously seems pretty unlikely now.
Also, Guardado actually pitched in the majors last year, which Estes did not. Actually, Shawn Estes has already had more major league lives than a lucky feline, so I won’t really be disappointed if this is the end of the road for him as a professional player.
Eddie didn’t pitch particularly well for the Rangers last year, but he might still have some utility as a left-handed short man, particularly if he’s willing to pitch in AAA for a month to prove he’s still got some life left in his wing.
The Nationals stock-piled veteran pitchers going into camp this Spring, and it’s only natural that they are already making decisions to separate the wheat from the chaff, particularly when marginal major league players couldn’t get anything but minor league deals this off-season.