Washington Nationals News: David Carpenter elects free agency after Triple-A assignment

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Good evening DoD readers, and welcome to today’s District Daily. Get caught up on the  latest Nats new and opinions with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web below.

We start off today’s Daily with the Nationals’ latest roster decision. In a move that could further complicate the team’s 2016 bullpen outlook, right-hander David Carpenter elected to end his contract with the Nationals and enter free agency after the team outrighted him to Triple-A Syracuse.

Carpenter, whom the Nationals acquired from the Yankees last season, was limited to just eight games with the team due to a shoulder injury. The 30-year-old played well in those eight games, posting a 1.50 ERA over six innings of work. Prior to the trade. Carpenter went 0-1 with a 4.82 ERA in 18 2/3 innings of work.

The bullpen was one of the biggest weaknesses for the Nationals last season and the team is expected to make big changes to it this winter. Closers Jonathan Papelbon and Drew Storen could both be traded this offseason, and with Carpenter, Matt Thornton and others also departing this winter, the ‘pen should look very different come Spring Training.

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Also in today’s Daily, Chris Johnson of MASN discusses how Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer was in line for the Cy Young Award early in the 2015 season before a midseason mini-slump hurt his stats.

Be sure to check out the article below, and as always, stay tuned to DoD for all your Washington Nationals needs.

At one point, it looked like Max Scherzer’s Cy Young to lose

(Chris Johnson, MASN)

Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer won’t win the National League Cy Young Award tonight. When balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America is announced on MLB Network, that honor is likely to go to Cubs ace Jake Arrieta or Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke.

But for the first half of the season, Scherzer seemed to be the clear-cut frontrunner to claim the second Cy Young of his eight-year career.

After inking a record seven-year, $210 deal for a right-hander in January, Scherzer showed up at spring training and was chosen as the opening day starter over longtime Nationals Jordan Zimmermann and Stephen Strasburg. But Scherzer backed it up from the start, carrying a no-hitter into the sixth inning against the Mets on the season’s first day. Read full article here.

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