The Washington Nationals made their first round of cuts and two of the names on the list are left handed pitchers Eddie Guardado and Shawn Estes.
Guardado was signed to a minor league deal but given his previous success in the majors many thought he had a pretty good shot at making the club but after allowing seven runs of which four were earned in two innings of work this spring the team has decided to go ahead and release him. At 39 years of age it’s uncertain if Guardado will look for work else where or retire. Guardado had most of his success during his time with the Minnesota Twins and had bounced around the league the last couple of seasons. He had a 4.46 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP last year in 38.1 innings of work while with Texas.
While Guardado’s release may be a bit of a surprise the release of Shawn Estes probably isn’t.
The 37-year-old Estes pretty much seemed destined to be cut when the Nationals resigned Livan Hernandez and picked up Miguel Batista on a minor league deal.
Estes pitched one inning and allowed two runs on three hits, of of which was a homer, and walked a batter. Estes last appeared in a major league game in 2008 when he was 2-3 with a 4.74 ERA in 9 appearances for the San Diego Padres. There doesn’t figure to be must interest for him and he too could choose to retire.