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Posted at 8:43 PM ET, 12/21/2010

Nationals designate Matt Chico for assignment

By Adam Kilgore

In order to clear space on their 40-man roster, the Nationals designated left-handed starting pitcher Matt Chico for assignment. Chico, 27, spent most of 2010 with Class AAA Syracuse, making one spot start for the Nationals early in the season, a no-decision in a Washington victory. In 26 minor league starts, Chico went 7-9 with a 3.62 ERA and a 2 to 1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Chico made 31 starts for the Nationals in 2007 and, improbably, entered 2008 as the Nationals' No. 2 starter. Tommy John surgery derailed his season and, so far, his career.

The Nationals now have 42 players on their 40-man roster. Several recent acquisitions have forced the Nationals to pare down their roster.

By Adam Kilgore  | December 21, 2010; 8:43 PM ET
Categories:  Matt Chico, Pitching rotation  | Tags:  Matt Chico, Washington Nationals  
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Comments

So does DFA mean that he does not have to pass through waivers or that he already passed through waivers?

Posted by: natbiscuits | December 21, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Carrying over from the previous string, I found the dialog today quite engaging.

There is no denying that the Nationals current status is bottom 10 (bottom 6 to be specific). That's who they are. To climb they have to win. To win they have to have players.

So far they have acquired Werth, Ankiel, Rodriguez, and Gaudin to replace Dunn, Peralta, Batista, and Willingham. They have not improved in the most important area - starting pitching and they still have no viable first baseman.

There is still time, but it is no longer early. It is not yet late, but it will be soon.

I'm a full time fan, but Santa Baby, .... something under the tree .....

Posted by: natbiscuits | December 21, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

answered my own question about DFA - they now have ten days to trade, release, or waive. If he passes through waivers he can be out-righted to minors.

Posted by: natbiscuits | December 21, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

answered my own question about DFA - they now have ten days to trade, release, or waive. If he passes through waivers he can be out-righted to minors.

Posted by: natbiscuits | December 21, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Good luck to Matt Chico. He did everything he could do for them. Here's hoping he lands a nice fifth-starter gig and several years of it.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | December 21, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

I have a hunch Matt Chico asked for this and was accommodated.

Posted by: periculum | December 21, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Chico, don't be discouraged,
The Man he ain't so hard to understand.

Posted by: sollazo | December 21, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

All the scuttlebutt out there with LaRoche and Lee involves the Orioles. What's going on with the Nats and their interest in a first baseman? I'm gettig a little anxious.

Posted by: Kev29 | December 21, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Rumors picking up again around Brandon Webb (on ESPN). I'm with Kev, though, and want to know what we're going to do about 1B. All I want for Christmas is...something.

Posted by: PattyinSJ | December 21, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

I have a hunch Matt Chico asked for this and was accommodated.

Posted by: periculum | December 21, 2010 10:17 PM
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Certainly could be the situation, good notion there. And it would be a sign of progress, that Chico might think he has a better shot at an MLB career somewhere else.

Posted by: Sunderland | December 22, 2010 6:12 AM | Report abuse

It is good, But what is actual result come out?
http://www.bluebeacongroup.com

Posted by: BlueBeacon | December 22, 2010 7:16 AM | Report abuse

Nice piece on Yunesky Maya at Baseball America. Saying he is throwing extremely well in Winter ball they describe his numbers thusly: "With the Leones del Escogido, Maya was 4-2, 1.32 with 42 strikeouts in 41 innings. He had allowed just nine walks, 27 hits and six earned runs."

Posted by: Juliasdad | December 22, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

One less soft tosser yea!!!!!! I think a healty Webb, Wang, Zimmerman, Livo and Lannnan could put us in the race for third. But, all of these guys are fragile, and have thier issues.

Posted by: hansenjo | December 22, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Livo fragile?

Posted by: markfromark | December 22, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Livo strong, like bull.

I wish Chico (the pitcher) well. Kid's got spunk (and I *don't* hate spunk).

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | December 22, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Chico cleared waivers and was outrighted to AAA.

Posted by: TimDz | December 22, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

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