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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.    

Rizzo: Not impressed with Steven Shell

Acting general manager Mike Rizzo acknowledged on Tuesday that he wasn’t impressed with right-hander Steven Shell, who was designated for assignment on Sunday after posting a 5.40 ERA in four relief appearances.

“I didn’t like the mind-set on the mound and his preparation for the game. I didn’t like his whole aura on the mound,” Rizzo said “We talked to him all through spring.”

Last year, Shell had a solid rookie season in 2008, posting a 2.16 ERA in 39 relief appearances, but a few people in the organization believed it was a fluke. They felt Shell didn’t have the fastball to get hitters out consistently.