Nats Reduce Roster to 53 with First Round of Cuts

Posted by Dave Nichols | Thursday, March 11, 2010 | , , , | 0 comments »

The Nationals made their first round of cuts, announced by GM Mike Rizzo, this morning.

LHPs Shawn Estes and Eddie Guardado were given their outright releases.

Re-assigned to minor league camp were RHPs Logan Kensing, Ryan Speier and Joel Peralta, LHP Victor Garate, OF Jerry Owens and C Derek Norris.

None of the moves are shocking.

Estes threw one spring training inning; Guardado two.  Both were considered long-shots to stick around, especially Estes.  He had retired from triple-A after last season, but came to camp to give it one more shot in the bigs.  Guardado was a tremednously reliable reliever for a long time, but that time has passed.

Norris is the only name to get cut today that has any future impact in the organization.  Last year's minor league hitter of the year in the organization is a big hitting catcher who still needs to work on his defense and fundamentals.  He has a keen eye at the plate and power to burn.  Norris should start the season, but not finish it, at Double-A Harrisburg.