The Nationals designated pitcher Jason Bergmann for assignment to make room for Scott Olsen, tweets MLB.com's Bill Ladson. Ladson says the Nats were planning to demote Jesse English, but Bergmann's one-inning, two earned run performance yesterday against the Phillies changed their mind. GM Mike Rizzo will attempt to trade Bergmann, writes Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.
Bergmann, 28, posted a 4.50 ERA, 7.5 K/9, and 4.7 BB/9 in 48 relief innings last year, allowing seven home runs. He posted a 1.16 ERA in 23.3 minor league frames, though his peripherals were unimpressive. Bergmann's flyball tendencies have proven problematic, and he's also bounced between starting and relieving a few times. In their '05 Handbook, Baseball America noted then-Nationals scouting director Dana Brown's familiarity with Bergmann. Brown now works under Alex Anthopoulos in Toronto, so maybe the Blue Jays will take a look.