Nationals release Odalis Perez

The Nationals have released left-hander Odalis Perez on Monday morning because of his failure to report to Spring Training.

On Feb. 5, Perez signed a Minor League deal with the Nationals. If he made the team, Perez would make 850,000, the same money he made last year. But when pitchers and catcher reported on Feb. 14, Perez was a no-show and hasn’t had any contact with the team since that date. Sunday was the mandatory reporting date and the Nationals had the right to discipline Perez after that day.

It turned out that Perez regretted giving his agent the OK to agree to terms with the Nationals because he wanted a Major League deal. But the Nationals had no intentions of renegotiating the contract.

“He would not return our phone calls and after talking internally with [manager] Manny Acta, [pitching coach] Randy St. Claire and the organization, we all feel it’s important that we want players that want to be here and help us win. We made that decision this morning,” general manager Jim Bowden said. “We left messages yesterday for his agent, we left messages for Odalis. Again I left messages for him this morning. They made their point pretty clear. We need to turn the page. We have a lot of pitchers in camp that are committed to helping us win. ”  

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