The Nationals announced this evening that they have designated righty reliever Trevor Gott for assignment. His roster spot will go to starter Jeremy Hellickson, whose previously reported signing is now official.
Gott arrived in D.C. in the pre-2016 swap that sent Yunel Escobar to the Angels. At the time, Gott was coming off of a debut campaign in which he turned in 47 2/3 innings of 3.02 ERA ball. While he had managed only 5.1 K/9 to go with 3.0 BB/9, Gott also maintained a hefty 57.2% groundball rate.
It came as a bit of a surprise, then, when Gott opened the ensuing season in the minors. He ultimately received little in the way of MLB opportunities over the next two seasons, before finally getting a longer look in 2018.
Unfortunately, Gott faltered in his most recent opportunity at the game’s highest level. His heavy sinker again generated loads of worm-burners (57.1% groundball rate), but he could muster only a 5.6% swinging-strike rate and ultimately allowed a dozen earned runs in 19 innings of work.
The Nationals evidently did not believe that Gott was going to turn the corner. He did post an impressive 38:8 K/BB ratio in his 29 1/3 Triple-A appearances last year, but has simply not been able to induce swings and misses in the majors. Other teams may well contemplate a claim, though, as Gott still possesses a live arm and is only 26 years old.