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Nationals to designate right-hander Yunesky Maya for assignment

May 25, 2013, 11:24 AM EDT

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The Nationals thought they were getting a potential rotation staple when they signed Cuban right-hander Yunesky Maya to a four-year, $6 million deal back in 2010, but they are now prepared to turn the page.

According to Mark Zuckerman of, the Nationals will designate Maya for assignment in order to make room for infielder Jeff Kobernus on the active roster. The 31-year-old right-hander was called up from Triple-A Syracuse this week when the Nationals needed a fresh arm for their bullpen and allowed the walkoff homer to Pablo Sandoval on Tuesday night.

The Nationals haven’t gotten much bang for their buck out of Maya, as he owns a disappointing 5.80 ERA and 27/21 K/BB ratio in 59 innings in the majors and a 4.41 ERA over 63 starts in the minors. Because of his salary, he’ll almost certainly pass through waivers unclaimed, but the Nationals will have the option to send him back to their rotation at Triple-A or cut him loose.

  1. hushbrother - May 25, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    The Royals or Brewers might want him.

  2. Old Gator - May 25, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Or Obama could slip him back into Cuba to whack Joanne Chesimard.

  3. recoveringcubsfan - May 25, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Good luck to Kobernus. And Maya, too: he tried, he failed, no shame in that. The Nats probably wish they’d been able to scout him a little more before signing him, but c’est la vie.

    Hopefully, Kobernus plays well enough for the Nats to DL Espinosa until he’s 100%. As a .250 hitter with 20 HR and a cannon arm and great glove, Danny’s an awesome guy to have around. As a .160 hitter with a bum shoulder and cracked wrist, he is a drag on the whole lineup. Lombardozzi is a fine INF and good switch-hitter who should provide plenty of RBI chances for guys behind him.

    That leaves Chad Tracy as the primary LH pinch-hitter, Eury Perez as the RH pinch-hitter, with Bernadina set to also be a RH bench bat when Jayson Werth comes back.

    Who plays 2B is pretty much a sideshow, though, to how on earth this team is going to get a LH reliever who’s worth a crap. Zach Duke is a bad joke as a go-to arm; he’s got nothing to be ashamed of, either, because his talent is what it is (which is to say,minimal). He’s been as misused as anyone I’ve ever seen and should never have been slotted as anything other than a mopup guy. I blame Davey for being a bad tactician and Rizzo for not keeping Gorzelanny, at least, and possibly Mike Gonzalez.

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