The Washington Times - December 12, 2011, 09:12PM

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.

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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.