Nationals non-tender left-hander Doug Slaten

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Making an expected move official, the Washington Nationals did not tender left-handed reliever Doug Slaten a contract on Monday evening. Slaten was  the only one of seven arbitration eligible players Washington did not offer a contract to for the 2012 season.

After a disastrous 2011 season where he spent much of the first two months struggling with effectiveness in a left-handed specialist role and the majority of the remainder of the season  on the disabled list with left elbow ulnar neuritis, Slaten was the Nationals main non-tender candidate.

The Nationals tendered contracts to Tyler Clippard, Michael Morse, John Lannan, Jordan Zimmermann, Tom Gorzelanny and Jesus Flores — their remaining arbitration eligible players — putting their 40-man roster at 36 at this point in the offseason. 

 

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Amanda Comak

Amanda Comak

Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals and comes to The Washington Times from the Cape Cod Times and after stints with MLB.com and the Amsterdam (N.Y.) Recorder. A Massachusetts native and 2008 graduate of Boston University, Amanda can be reached at acomak@washingtontimes.com and you can follow her on Twitter @acomak.

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