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Cabrera Designated For Assignment

Unable to find a place for him in their rotation or their bullpen, and unable to tolerate the idea of watching his continued struggles, the Washington Nationals on Tuesday designated Daniel Cabrera for assignment, cutting ties with the pitcher they signed in the offseason. In eight starts and one relief appearance, Cabrera could find neither the strike zone nor his old mid-90s velocity. The team informed the right-hander of its decision after Tuesday night's 6-1 loss to the Mets at Citi Field.

By removing Cabrera from the roster, the Nationals will eat the remainder of his one-year, $2.6-million contract.

"You have to put your best 25 players on the roster that are giving you a chance to win," acting general manager Mike Rizzo said. "I look beyond the contract and look at the execution and performance of the player, and it wasn't up to par. I was tired of watching him."

In eight starts, Cabrera went 0-5, and averaged more than two hits and/or walks allowed per inning. On Monday, in his first appearance since getting banished to the bullpen, Cabrera recorded two outs, walked three and threw a wild pitch.

The Nationals' next roster move will be a temporary one. With catcher Josh Bard heading home to be with his wife, who is about to give birth, the Nationals plan to recall from Class AA Harrisburg catcher Luke Montz. But he might be with the team for just a few days. By the weekend, regular starting catcher Jesus Flores should be ready to come off the disabled list.

When Cabrera was informed of the decision after the game, he talked quietly with a few teammates and said his goodbyes. If Cabrera clears waivers and is not traded within the next 10 days, he can either report to the minors or elect for free agency. Cabrera suggested that he'll become a free agent. Asked if he'd accept a minor league assignment, he said, "No."

Cabrera understood the move, though, and did not appear upset.

"Yeah, I understand the situation," he said. "I know I haven't pitched good. I have not been doing what they wanted me to do. I haven't been pitching good, so it was going to happen sooner or later."

Asked why he struggled during his brief tenure with the Nationals, Cabrera said, "In this game, that's why you see 50,000 people there. Because in this game you never know what is going to happen. One day you can be the best and one day you can be the worst. When I came here I had a good feeling, but nothing [went] my way."

By Chico Harlan  |  May 26, 2009; 10:54 PM ET
 
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Comments

It's a start.

Posted by: rgibson25 | May 26, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

welcome to the club mike

Posted by: formerlylove1 | May 26, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

"I was tired of watching him."

Love it. Brutally honest. My question to Mike Rizzo would be:

What in God's name took you so long to get tired of it?

Most of us were tired of watching it weeks ago.

Posted by: Section505203 | May 26, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

finally

Posted by: cokedispatch | May 26, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

I'll sure be interested in who in the heck will give him his next shot...my oh my.

Posted by: cokedispatch | May 26, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

No way they fire Manny Acta before this season is over. Doesn't matter how many games they lose. In case you haven't figured it out by now, this season is not about winning games now, it's about figuring out who the right guys are for winning games in the future. Manny may or may not be the right guy for managing the team next year, but they don't need to decide that now. If it turns out someone else is the right guy, they'll fire Manny after the season and hire him then. Meanwhile, no interim guy would do any better at managing the team while they go about the process of finding the right players. If you want to keep from going crazy, just quit obsessing over the losing and learn to enjoy the emergence of pieces for the future. This season is not about the destination, it's about the journey.

Posted by: nunof1 | May 26, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Why can't we put Dmitri on the 60 Day DL retroactive to whatever and bring in MacDougal....

Posted by: PNatsFan | May 26, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse

nunof1 sez:
If you want to keep from going crazy, just quit obsessing over the losing and learn to enjoy the emergence of pieces for the future.

The pieces I see so far: Zimmerman. Zimmermann. Maybe Dunn. Maybe.

The rest can go the way of Daniel Cabrera. And to think I spent good money watching that bum on Opening Day.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | May 26, 2009 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Well said Mike, I was tired of watching him also.

Posted by: cabraman | May 26, 2009 11:54 PM | Report abuse

When are they going to DFA Manny Acta???!!!

Posted by: dovelevine | May 26, 2009 11:57 PM | Report abuse

It's too bad that the organization is so thin talent-wise that Montz gets the call-up, even if it is just a stop-gap for a couple days. As detailed on NFA, John Stearns just pulled him from a game for lazy play over the weekend, and then called out several Senators in his post-game comments for playing like they are in "Rookie League." Calling him up after that does not send a great message, no matter the circumstances requiring it.

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | May 27, 2009 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Now....what about Austin Kearns.....?

Posted by: zendo | May 27, 2009 12:30 AM | Report abuse

DC was painful to watch. You hoped he could provide some upside along with a little stability for this young club; but it was the opposite. His pitching was destructive -- painful to watch. With the surprising performance of the baby arms, this gamble had to end. Glad to see them eat the contract and move on.

Posted by: LetTeddyWin_com | May 27, 2009 12:57 AM | Report abuse

D-Cab did display the best 57-foot bounce pass I've seen since John Stockton retired from the Utah Jazz. Think poor Nieves misses seeing the door hit this bum on the way out? And D-Cab, let me know how that free agent thing works out for you, babe.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | May 27, 2009 1:07 AM | Report abuse

You're moving in the right direction. Just package Kearns and Acta together (along with the freakin 3rd base coach) out the door and I promise no more complaints. I'll be one happy camper.

Posted by: dovelevine | May 27, 2009 1:13 AM | Report abuse

Rizzo-Reality 1, Bowden-Pipedream 0

Posted by: jdschulz50 | May 27, 2009 1:34 AM | Report abuse

Any chance D-Cab's been mailing it in deliberately? He's gotta know no team would want him to pitch in the majors...at any price. This way he gets his paycheck and gets to go home and watch the John and Kate + 8 marathon.

Posted by: fischy | May 27, 2009 2:35 AM | Report abuse

@fischy

That would fit with the Dan Snyder stimulis career package model the Redskins handout.

Posted by: mintbucket | May 27, 2009 6:43 AM | Report abuse

Finally Taveras and Wells to. Lets let the kids gain the experience or bust out. We don't need has beens and never wases.

Posted by: waltert1225 | May 27, 2009 6:56 AM | Report abuse

I don't know whether to be singing the Halleluja chorus or just sigh. I loved the line about Manny being "tired" of watching DC.

Meanwhile, the Nats "offense" makes Hernandez look good, real good. The NY scorers take the mercy rule on grounders at Guzman and Zimmerman. (Plays that should have been made, IMO. Zimmerman's unusual glove style of playing ground balls off to the side precludes him from ever knocking down a grounder hit right at him.)

Posted by: driley | May 27, 2009 6:57 AM | Report abuse

Upon reflection, maybe we really are this bad. (Or maybe I was insane for thinking that this club would be hovering near .500 this year. Watching bad defense and a crumbling offense is a recipe for depression. At least the early part of the season featured a decent offense to go with all the other negatives. Now seeing double play after double play end rallies is just deflating. Maybe Cabrera was the team albatross, shucking him might be the ritual that turns it all around--meh.)

Posted by: driley | May 27, 2009 7:14 AM | Report abuse

This needed to be done, but I found Rizzo's "I was tired of watching him" gratuitous and lacking in compassion.

Posted by: Section109 | May 27, 2009 7:17 AM | Report abuse

Greg Wyshynski, on Yahoo's Puck Daddy blog, posted this last night:

When Polk County police arrested Richard Thomas and his wife Sandra, detectives snagged "an estimated $200,000 in illegal steroids," according to WFLA in Tampa.

It's a massive seizure, but that's not only why police held a press conference on Tuesday night to announce the bust -- turns out Richard Thomas is claiming to have some celebrity clients, including ones in the NHL:

From WFLA:

What investigators aren't sure of is whether Richard Thomas, 35, is telling the truth when he says he is the biggest steroid provider in Central Florida and that he sold mostly to professional athletes, including those on the Washington Capitals hockey team and Washington Nationals baseball team.

Posted by: SorenKierkegaard | May 27, 2009 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Daniel Cabrera is the new starting pitcher of the Jim Bowden's ALL-FAIL Team. A team that has many members now. He joins Paul Lo Duca, Dimiti Young, Willy Mo Pena, Felipe Lopez..

So any others you can nominate?

Posted by: CBinDC | May 27, 2009 7:59 AM | Report abuse

>Upon reflection, maybe we really are this bad. (Or maybe I was insane for thinking that this club would be hovering near .500 this year. Watching bad defense and a crumbling offense is a recipe for depression. At least the early part of the season featured a decent offense to go with all the other negatives. Now seeing double play after double play end rallies is just deflating. Maybe Cabrera was the team albatross, shucking him might be the ritual that turns it all around--meh.)

It's the 'something different every night' problem. This is a gateway description that puts a bullseye on Acta. fyi

Posted by: Brue | May 27, 2009 8:06 AM | Report abuse

CBinDC - I like the beginning of your list and would say Dmitri Young was a great addition for 2007 and he didn't come ready to play in 2008. We look at disasters usually on how they look now instead of the whole picture so Dmitri would be a failure---just not his worst.

Add Ryan Wagner, Rob Machowiak and Austin Kearns and my favorite Johnnie Estrada.

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | May 27, 2009 8:09 AM | Report abuse

We usually judge Manager's and Coach's after the fact, and I think Manny Acta has been making better judgment calls especially with his relievers.

Pulling Bergmann quickly was the right decision and after that HR to Sheff he just fell apart. If Bergmann can't give a quality relief in his next appearance then he will prove to be the same old Bergmann where he hits adversity once and falls apart at the MLB level. I am hoping this time Bergy can pull himself together.

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | May 27, 2009 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Can the season get any worse. A steroid dealer was busted yesterday and has been quoted by police as having said he sold steroids to one or more Nationals (and Capitols) players. No word on who that might be. Maybe we'll get lucky and it will turn out to have been ancient history in Jose Guillen or Nook Logan. But brace yourself for endless speculation.

Posted by: natbiscuits | May 27, 2009 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Regarding the Montz situation, it sounds like his AA manager was pretty furious with his effort. I think Flores is already eligible to come off the DL. My guess is that Bard will just be sent back to Syracuse and Flores activiated. Nieves can catch tonight, off day tomorrow and Flores is back starting Friday.

Posted by: jcj5y | May 27, 2009 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Cabrera will end up in the minors somewhere. To those calling for other moves, I would caution that there really is not much else out there. We might be able to churn through another 2-3 relievers who have not had their chance yet (Clippard, Zincola, etc...) or recycle some that needed to rediscover their location (Rivera, Mock), but there are no obvious impact guys left down there.

The other areas of need - well rounded players who can bat 5th through 8th - are not really there either. Anyone we bring up would be marginal (Langerhans, Patterson, Castillo, etc...) or young and not ready (Marerro).

Posted by: natbiscuits | May 27, 2009 8:32 AM | Report abuse

I keep saying it, as do guys like Boz & Chico; none of this may be his fault, but eventually if there isn't a significant winning streak in the near future, Acta is gone. It may not be his fault, but eventually Rizzo is going to run out of players to cut or demote. Randy might be on the block as well, but it seems to me you lose more with a PC change (especially for the few pitchers who are actually doing their jobs) than a manager change.
So, what'll it be? Riggleman promoted and Melvin hired as bench? Or just straight to Melvin?

Posted by: ajtrue78 | May 27, 2009 8:39 AM | Report abuse

I agree completey with Coverage is Lacking, I am getting really tired of guys getting called up and rewarded in the minors for poor performance just because they are on the 40 man roster. (Detwiler did ok but was non-deserving, and what if Montz hits .400) what message are you sending to our other prospects who are actually working hard and performing? Get on the 40 man roster and feel free to act like an %&#$@#$!

AA coach John Stearns just pulled Montz for not hustling in AA ball...

-----------------------------------------

“That was embarrassing and totally unacceptable. Play like that does not go unnoticed. For some reason this club sometimes plays ball like it's Rookie League. We've had way too many meetings, and when you have this many meetings, you'll have a record like we've got. These are things we shouldn't have to address at this level, but we'll address it like they're first-year players." -- Stearns.

<http://blog.pennlive.com/patriotnewssports/2009/05/lackadaisical_senators_bounced.html#more

Senators manager John Stearns yanked two veterans from the starting lineup for showing suspicious effort on the field and probably would have pulled even more if he had the resources to replace them. Guzman was axed after he managed just a single on a ball off the wall in the third inning, a hit that scored Ofilio Castro from first. And C Luke Montz was erased after casually throwing the ball back to RHP Zack Segovia as Baysox baserunners Daniel Figueroa and Dave Krynzel stole third and second base in the sixth. ... Stearns also questioned the inability of LHP Justin Jones and Segovia to hold runners on base -- Bowie totaled five steals against them -- and the overall decision-making by his defense

Posted by: PNatsFan | May 27, 2009 8:42 AM | Report abuse

More on the steroid bust and link to the Nationals - http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/2009/05/florida_steroid_dealer_implica.html

Ugh - let's hope this all amounts to nothing.

Posted by: Kev29 | May 27, 2009 8:44 AM | Report abuse

GoingGoingGone - I like your additions, I would not put Kearns there yet. He is hovering on the Bowden Line. That is the line between success and Monumental failure that you just caulk up to bad luck and bounces. Young is a member from his performance after he was re-signed.

Now Manny, if this not his fault (and I use fault advisedly) or his effect is not measured by wins then by what measure would you use to say he needs to stay and take this team to great success?

Posted by: CBinDC | May 27, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

The problem with this team and it has been the hallmark throughout their tenure in DC is the lack of any organizational depth. These things really get felt several years into the decay and we're seeing the effects right here and now. The only players who remotely resemble everyday major leaguers are already with the club. That's why you have to deal your remaining valuable veterans who are not part of the future such as NJ and Dunn to get back some younger talent, and not just pitching - position players are sorely lacking in the high minors as well. I would also hope the Nats are looking at some college players in the upcoming draft, and besides the no-brainer with Strasburg, need to look at position players with the 10th pick and beyond.

Posted by: bendersx6 | May 27, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Releasing Cabrera was the correct move. However, for an organization trying to get away from the Jim Bowden unprofessionalism, the "tired of watching him" comment from Mike Rizzo was unnecessary. Let the move speak for itself.

Posted by: Chief2 | May 27, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

"This needed to be done, but I found Rizzo's "I was tired of watching him" gratuitous and lacking in compassion"

Totally agree, it seemed like a really unprofessional statement. You won't see Theo Epstein making saying anything like that about a player he has just let go.

Posted by: skippy1999 | May 27, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

"Totally agree, it seemed like a really unprofessional statement. You won't see Theo Epstein making saying anything like that about a player he has just let go."

Theo Epstein is usually letting go much better players, though, isn't he?

Posted by: nunof1 | May 27, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

>Theo Epstein is usually letting go much better players, though, isn't he?

Hell no, he doesn't dump anybody, he trades them and gets something back. He even picked up Jason Bay after Manny got done crapping in LF at Fenway. You think Rizzo would have swung that?

Posted by: Brue | May 27, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

"Theo Epstein is usually letting go much better players, though, isn't he?"

What??? Why would that matter? If you are DFA'd it is a slap in the face to any player, basically being told "you are not good enough for our team." Doesn't matter in the least if the player is "good" or not, they are not good enough for that team and that has to hurt to be told that, I don't care who you are. For Rizzo to say that is like kicking a dog when it is done, totally unnecessary.

Posted by: skippy1999 | May 27, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

DCab says he won't go to the minors, he will test his availability via free-agency (my lord the ego on some of these guys). Well Daniel I hope you get used to watching TLC (John & Kate +8, The Duggers, etc.) and Bravo Marathons (Desperate Housewives of OC, NYC, Atlanta, New Jersey)while waiting the the phone to ring.

Posted by: TippyCanoe | May 27, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

I see. Our manager is too nice and our GM is too mean. Perhaps they should just switch jobs.

Posted by: nunof1 | May 27, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

This is actually the second time this year that Rizzo has taken shots at a player when he cuts him. When Steven Shell was DFA'd, Rizzo criticized Shell's "mindset," "preparation," and "aura."

I don't get what purpose it serves to criticize a player as he's on his way out the door.

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | May 27, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

FWIW, the Washington Times quoted Rizzo saying "I was tired of watching IT".

Heres the direct quote:

"You have to put the best 25 players on the roster to give you a chance to win," Rizzo said. "I look beyond the contract and to the execution and the performance of the player. It wasn't up to par, and I was tired watching it."

Posted by: FloresFan | May 27, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Prospect talk

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/baseball/mlb/05/26/baseball.america.draft/index.html

Posted by: dclifer97 | May 27, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Hell no, he doesn't dump anybody, he trades them and gets something back. He even picked up Jason Bay after Manny got done crapping in LF at Fenway. You think Rizzo would have swung that?

Posted by: Brue | May 27, 2009 9:58 AM

Um, he might have, if he had Manny Ramirez to begin with, not to mention a farm system stocked with lots of players that could be thrown in the deal. What do we expect Rizzo to do with DCab, trade him for Peavy?

Posted by: baltova1 | May 27, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

"Why can't we put Dmitri on the 60 Day DL retroactive to whatever and bring in MacDougal...."

You obviously don't know the value of a handshake. We may criticize players when we release them and our players may use steroids, but at least our handshakess mean something.

Posted by: dclifer97 | May 27, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Keep it up, nunof1. You're on a good roll, although you're kind of cheating, fighting back with logic, facts, common sense, and stuff like that...

Posted by: baltova1 | May 27, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

My crystal ball just predicted this as DCab's future ->

http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=MLB&id=3071

Posted by: dclifer97 | May 27, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

>Keep it up, nunof1. You're on a good roll, although you're kind of cheating, fighting back with logic, facts, common sense, and stuff like that...

Weird. He compliments himself. hoo hoooo don't touch me you pasty freak

Posted by: Brue | May 27, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

"Cabrera suggested that he'll become a free agent. Asked if he'd accept a minor league assignment, he said, 'No.'"

Why should he? Look how well it's worked out for Odalis Perez and Wily Mo Pena.

Posted by: gilbertbp | May 27, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

If the Nats took steroids, they obviously didn't take enough.

Posted by: jdsp2000 | May 27, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

I agree with the comments about the message his promotion sends to Montz.

But, he's the only other catcher that the Nats have on the 40 man roster. Flores is on the DL, and Josh Bard is having a baby. Leaving Nieves as the only available, healthy starter with the big club. Calling up a catcher other than Montz would require a change in the 40 man roster. So, let's say that the Nats wanted to add Gustavo Molina from Syracuse. They'd have to move someone off the 40 man (Cabrera fits). But when they recall McDougal, they'd have to expose Molina to waivers to get hom off the 40 man. Of course, the website, lists only 39 players on the 40 man. So, what do I know what they are doing...

So, I think it's all moot, I don't think that the Nats will use Montz as anything other than the emergency catcher.

Posted by: comish4lif | May 27, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Nunof1: I couldn't disagree with you more about Acta get him gone, ASAP! even if you're not going to bring in the permanent replacement see if Riggleman will take over for the remainder of the season, listen Manny's already proven that he can't take this team to the next level,that his baseball IQ is below the Mendoza line. Rizzo needs to create a climate of 100% hustle and 100% excellence at every level lets cut the krap now!! Rizzo and the Lerners needs to show season ticket holders and the fan base that we as a franchise are moving forward and that Acta's not a part of that process. The team's horrendous record(worst in MLB) is proof positive that bringing Manny back was a huge mistake,that was the Bowden era. Rizzo needs to put his stamp on this team now and that starts with a change in the dugout. Nunof1 think about it if the team continues to lose then Manny will know he's a lame duck why put the team and Manny through that embarrasment make the change now.

Posted by: dargregmag | May 27, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

When a GM makes cutting remarks about departing players how do you think any future players you might be planning to attract will view that? If it were me I would steer clear of that particular GM and the team he represents. You don't hear other GM's conducting themselves in that manner.

Posted by: fanofnats | May 27, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

"In case you haven't figured it out by now, this season is not about winning games now, it's about figuring out who the right guys are for winning games in the future."

I thought that was what last season's 100 loss campaign was about.

Still, you have to love "I was tired of watching him." Rizzo is free to axe Bowden's projects, doesn't reflect on him. Once again, you build a club in spring training, not when the games start to count. That's what Manny and the Nats are doing, and that's why Manny should be fired. That he has no bullpen should not be a revelation at the end of April.

Posted by: gbooksdc | May 27, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Thank you.

Posted by: evanescent_panoply | May 28, 2009 8:04 AM | Report abuse

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