The 2019 World Series champions Washington Nationals are cleaning the house, so to speak. The team made several moves over the weekend, including releasing relief pitchers Hunter Strickland and David Hernandez.
The Nationals also made a number of other moves, optioning the likes of Jake Noll, Aaron Barrett and Ben Braymer to their Triple-A affiliate Fresno Grizzlies. The team also sent several players to minor league camp.
Washington acquired Strickland prior to the trade deadline, and he ended up making 24 appearances in which he posted a 2-0 record with 5.14 ERA and 15 strikeouts. The 31-year-old didn’t make a single playoff appearance during the Nationals’ road to a title.
Prior to joining Washington, Strickland also played with San Francisco Giants and Seattle Mariners. His career stats include 16-15 record with 3.16 ERA and 229 strikeouts.
Hernandez joined the Nationals organization back in January, signing a minor league deal with the team. The 34-year-old previously played with Baltimore Orioles, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Cincinnati Reds among other teams. His stats include a 38-47 record with 4.12 ERA and 664 strikeouts.