Jan 182014
 

Transactions for NPP
With a second transaction post this week from Baseball America (H/T to Ben Meyers for alerting me via Twitter), we have a few more moves to pass along:

SIGNED
• LHP Tyler Robertson
• IF Jamey Carroll
• IF Mike Fontenot
• OF-1B Joe Dunigan

RELEASED
• RHP Ben Grisz
• 2B Matt Foat

As noted in the comments, Robertson is a re-sign, having been waived to make room for Rule 5 additions in November. He was picked up on waivers from Minnesota as part of the Nationals’ spaghetti-on-the-wall attempts to find a LHRP last summer.

Carroll and Fontenot are veterans who will compete for bench roles as backup infielders. Both will be non-roster invitees to spring training, according.

Dunigan is a longtime Seattle farmhand who finally made it to AAA in 2013, only to lose nearly three months of the season to a broken jaw. He will most likely compete for a 1B-DH-LF role on the Chiefs.

Grisz and Foat were NDFAs signed in 2011 and 2012 out of Duke and USC, respectively. Grisz missed all of 2012 after developing Nationals elbow and made five scoreless appearances for Auburn in 2013. After an impressive 2012 in the GCL, Foat split time between Low-A Hagerstown and Auburn, compiling a combined line of .215/.295/.283 in 64 games.

  7 Responses to “Transaction Update”

  1. Foat release is a surprise since he could hit
    Plus play two positions
    Maybe this signals some openness to young
    IFs starting at hags??
    So Dunigan plays some 1b?

  2. The Nats must have liked something about Grisz to keep him this long with his ‘character issues’. When he pitched healthy, he was good enough.

  3. Balfour interest stoking up talks with
    Astros for Juan Castro as backup catcher??

  4. “Nationals elbow.” Love it. Could be a useful term in these parts.

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