Shortly after putting up eight runs for the second time in three games, the Nationals announced the optioning of three 40-man roster players and the reassignment of six more players to minor-league camp.
As the headline suggests, Anthony Rendon and Matt Purke were officially optioned to High-A Potomac. Carlos Rivero, the third 40-man player, was optioned to AAA Syracuse. The following players were also among the first cuts of the 2012 Spring Training:
- RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx
- OF Corey Brown
- IF Jarrret Hoffpauir
- C Sandy Leon
- RHP Rafael Martin
- OF Xavier Paul
Obviously, this is good news for us as seamheads — presuming, of course that these two players aren’t reassigned — since Potomac is our home base, we might just have my eyes on these two much sooner than I initially thought (*ahem*).
Corey Brown getting sent down (hey, that rhymes!) was a bit of a shock, especially when no-AA-experience Eury Perez seemed like a shoo-in to get optioned, too (hey, that… never mind).
It’s tempting to suggest that Perez could sticking around as a potential trade bait, but the more likely scenario is that the big club wants to work with him for a little longer before sending him to the minors camp.
Otherwise, most of these other moves aren’t surprising. Best guess for the next set of cuts is in a week to ten days.