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Sorting out the Nationals 40-man roster

In the past few days, the Nationals' 40-man roster has undergone a bit of a facelift. Gone are Matt Capps and Cristian Guzman. In the fold are Yunesky Maya and Wilson Ramos. Also, Tyler Walker decided on season-ending rotator cuff and labrum surgery and the Nationals took Jordan Zimmermann off the 60-day disabled list.

So, here's a rundown and how it all works out:

-Cuban right-hander Maya is not yet on officially on the 40-man roster, but he will be as soon as MLB approves his contract, which should happen in next few days. That contract, according to a source close to Maya, is worth a total of $6 million for four years.

-Capps, traded to the Twins, is off and replaced by Ramos, the catcher the Nats acquired for him. Joe Testa, the left-handed reliever in the deal, is not on the 40-man.

-Guzman, traded to the Rangers, is off the 40-man. Ryan Tatusko and Tanner Roark, the two Class AA right-hander starters acquired for him, are not on the 40-man.

-Walker, who was in the clubhouse today saying hello to teammates and wearing a sling, was placed on the 60-day disabled list. He hopes to be ready for spring training and hopes he'll pitch again. At 34, after that major surgery, he seems to realizes it's probable but not a sure thing.

-The Nationals officially took Zimmermann off the 60-day disabled list and optioned him to Class AAA Syracuse. Players can only be on rehab assignment for 30 days without being on the roster, and he made his first rehab start July 3. It's also a fairly significant symbolic step. Zimmermann will likely need one more rehab start, and two at most, before returning all the way from Tommy John surgery.

So, in summary: Walker, Capps and Guzman are off the 40-man. Ramos, Maya and Zimmermann are or will soon be on it. The Nationals are still at 40.

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 1, 2010; 12:40 PM ET
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Maya's agent told a Spanish language newspaper that his client is getting $8M for 4 years.

Posted by: swanni | August 1, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

And the 40-man roster is technically at 45, with Flores, Jaime, Mattheus, Mock, Wang still on the 60-DL.

Posted by: BinM | August 1, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Fillys going nowhere but down from here?

Two-Pidge Lidge to Nowhere got a 3-year for 35 million?


Schadenfreude incarnate.

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 1, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

"And the 40-man roster is technically at 45, with Flores, Jaime, Mattheus, Mock, Wang still on the 60-DL."

Wouldn't that be 46 with Walker?

Posted by: periculum | August 1, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

On another topic ... Livan's true age?

He let slip that he and Contreras were on a Cuban team with 10 year old bat boy Yunesky Maya.

Let's see LIvan says he was born in 1975. Maya was born in 1981. That's a six year gap. So, Livan was 16 when Maya was the bat boy?

No way .... lol

Posted by: periculum | August 1, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Someone should ask Contreras how he and Livan were when Yunesky Maya was their bat boy.

Posted by: periculum | August 1, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Who gives a crap how old Livo is? All I see is 14 Quality starts over 21 GP, with a Complete game & a Shutout. The man knows how to pitch, gives the team a chance to win in most outings, and I'd personally like to see him back with the Nationals in 2011.

I've seen that you're all over the latest 'new shiny thing' (ex: Karns), but you could avoid casting a pall over older, proven arms (Livo & Batista) just to try driving home your point; It doesn't always work, imho.

Posted by: BinM | August 1, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Jeeze, can we get over how old he is? He was born August 4, 1961, in Hawaii. I've seen the birth certificate. So enough of this nonsense that he was born in Kenya or Indonesia.


Posted by: gilbertbp | August 1, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Love Livo, but that is pretty funny.

Let's see, Livan says he was born in 1975. Maya was born in 1981. That's a six year gap. So, Livan was 16 when Maya was the bat boy?
Posted by: periculum | August 1, 2010 1:25 PM

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 1, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Could it be that on the next homestand the rotation might include Zimm, Stras and Maya, with Livo and Dets. I could live with that!

Posted by: cokedispatch | August 1, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

So what is the purpose of the 40-man roster if only 25 get to play?

Posted by: paulkp | August 1, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse


And I see you still can't count right ... mathematics mustn't be your strong suit. Its 46 not 45 guys with the 60-day DL ... but really who the f^%& cares about that crap???? Its horse hockey cubed!
You are often so full of yourself and your truly unimportant stats? Go suck on an egg its what you're good at.

I was making a joke about LIvo ... I think he's done great and I think its funny that he hides his age ... he must be close to the same age as Contreras I'd be willing to bet ...

Posted by: periculum | August 1, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

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