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Jason Bergmann to Syracuse

Having found no adequate trades for him, the Nationals outrighted reliever Jason Bergmann to Class AAA Syracuse. The Nationals designated Bergmann for assignment April 15. In the week that followed, the Nationals attempted to trade Bergmann. While a few teams showed interest, the Nationals could not find a deal they preferred to keeping Bergmann in their system. Since Bergmann cleared waivers, he'll remain with the organization.

Bergmann, 28, began the year in the Nationals bullpen. He compiled a 15.43 ERA 2 1/3 innings across four appearances this year.

By Adam Kilgore  |  April 23, 2010; 2:52 PM ET
 
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Good for him and the team. Now maybe he can rediscover the form that got him to pitch a near-no hitter a few years ago.

Posted by: Juan-John1 | April 23, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

He seems like a good guy, so I'm rooting for him. But if I had to bet, I'd say he gets lost in the middle of the pack of Syracuse relievers and we never see him in a Nationals uniform again.

Posted by: Jeff_Jackson | April 23, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

"While a few teams showed interest, the Nationals could not find a deal they preferred to keeping Bergmann in their system." - VERY PC

If he cleared waivers, doesn't that mean teams didn't even want him for NOTHING?

Posted by: PNatsFan | April 23, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

"If he cleared waivers, doesn't that mean teams didn't even want him for NOTHING?"

No, it means teams didn't want to trade for him or pay the cash fee, plus pick up the remainder of his contract.

Posted by: Section506 | April 23, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

It means shopping at Wegman's again. He said that except for the cold he and his family enjoyed living in Syracuse. Still, I wonder how his wife is going to feel about it.

Posted by: periculum | April 23, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Bergmann is like AAAA and a half. He seems like a serious major league pitcher about two-thirds of the time, more than your stereotypical AAAA player, but still not quite full MLB.

I think it's his head.

Posted by: Section506 | April 23, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I wish him luck.

Sec 204 Row H Seat 7

Posted by: adhardwick | April 23, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

"No, it means teams didn't want to trade for him or pay the cash fee, plus pick up the remainder of his contract."

Actually it means no other team wanted to put him on their 25-man roster, which they would have had to do if they claimed him because he is out of options. I'm sure the cost of his contract was not a consideration at all. He's making <$1M, IIRC.

Posted by: nunof1 | April 23, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone have the Dodgers line-up? I thought MASN used to post line-ups, but I can't find it.

Posted by: longhorn64 | April 23, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Cots on Bergmann

Minor leagues

Jason Bergmann rhp
1 year/$0.75M (2010)

* 1 year/$0.75M (2010)
o re-signed by Washington 1/19/10 (avoided arbitration)
o DFA by Washington 4/15/10
* 1 year/$0.439M (2009)
o re-signed by Washington 2/19/09
* 1 year/$0.404M (2008)
o re-signed by Washington 1/25/08
* 1 year/$0.38M (2007), re-signed 2/07
* 1 year/$0.327M (2006), re-signed 2/06
* 1 year (2005), contract purchased 8/05
* ML service: 3.064

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | April 23, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

nunof1, I'm pretty sure a claim has to sit on your 40 man roster for 1 year. It's not the 25 man roster, or we'd have Coste up here in DC, and that player could also never go DL.

But you're right, that's why he was not claimed, no one wanted to give up a roster spot for him.

Re: Lineup, the Dodgers may not have announced it. Riggleman has been posting his lineups very early. But I just saw the Dodgers lineup posted, it's on mlb.com's Gameday.

Posted by: Sunderland | April 23, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Longhorn, Gameday has
Furcal 6
Anderson, G 7
Ethier 9
Kemp 8
Loney 3
Belliard 5
DeWitt 4
Ellis, A. 2
Haeger 1

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | April 23, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Patience will be the key tonight the lineup needs to see if Haeger can get the knuckler over for strikes before they go up to the plate flailing away, this is a game where Nyjer could be key (walks,drag bunt,etc.)and i wish Riggleman would move Dunn out of the cleanup spot, "MOVE HIM DOWN" how many more called strike three's and runners stranded does Riggleman need to see, Dunn is putting more pressure on himself and it's going to get worse before it get's better, with Zimm on the bench why put the lineup at risk and another thing what's wrong with Gonzalez at 3rd he a natural infielder Harris is not.

Posted by: dargregmag | April 23, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

As far as it goes with tonight's lineup, Dunn is in a pretty good position to see some pitches; He's sandwiched between the teams' three hottest hitters: Guzman, Willingham, & Pudge. There is an argument to be made for dropping him to the 5-hole, and moving Willingham up, but it's Riggleman's call.

Posted by: BinM | April 23, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

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