Shell becomes free agent; Ledezma stays with Nats
A little over a week after the Nationals designated them for assignment, right-hander Steven Shell has decided to become a free agent, while left-hander Wil Ledezma elected to remain with the club and be outrighted to Syracuse.
Shell, who gave up three runs in five innings, wanted a long-term opportunity elsewhere and wanted to throw from the windup to increase his velocity, according to Shell’s agent, Steve Canter.
Ledezma was not successful on the mound either. He gave up six earned runs in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out eight batters and walked four.