- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 28, 2010

WASHINGTON | Right-hander Tyler Walker agreed to a one-year contract with the Washington Nationals that pays him $650,000 if he’s in the majors and $120,000 if he’s in the minors, the latest in a series of moves to reshape the team’s bullpen.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Walker, the Nationals designated right-hander Marco Estrada for assignment on Thursday.

The 33-year-old Walker went 2-1 with a 3.06 ERA in 32 appearances with the NL champion Philadelphia Phillies last season. He has played for four teams across seven seasons in the majors.

Walker joins a new-look Washington bullpen. Earlier in the offseason, the Nationals signed closer Matt Capps, traded for New York Yankees reliever Brian Bruney, and agreed to a minor league contract with Eddie Guardado.

Estrada went 0-1 with a 6.14 ERA in four games with Washington last season, including one start.

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