Nationals Designate Shairon Martis For Assignment

Posted by Dave Nichols | Monday, January 24, 2011 | , , | 0 comments »

Shairon Martis delivers for Nats in 2009. (C.Nichols/

Today, the Washington Nationals designated RHP Shairon Martis for assignment.  The move accompanies the approval by Major League Baseball of Jerry Hairston's 2011 contract.

Martis, 24 in March, went 8-7 with a 4.09 ERA, 1.421 WHIP, 5.9 K/9 and 3.6 BB/9 in 27 games -- all starts -- for Triple-A Syracuse last season. 

The Curacao native compiled a 6-6 record with a 5.33 ERA in 19 starts for the Nationals in 2008 and 2009.  He was acquired by the Nats in a 2006 trade for relief pitcher Mike Stanton.

Since he was DFA'd, the Nats have ten days to place Martis on waivers, trade him, or release him outright.  If the Nats place Martis on waivers and he clears, he could return to the organization on a minor league contract.