Per a team release, the Nationals have released LHP Sammy Solis unconditionally.
Solis, 30, had spent the entirety of his 9-year professional career with the organization, appearing in 141 games (all in relief) at the MLB level. In 39 1/3 IP last season, where he was deployed mostly as a lefty specialist, Solis’s ugly 6.41 ERA was at least somewhat offset by an encouraging 10.07 K/9 and 45% grounder rate.
Despite his traditional left-handed role in the Nats’ pen, Solis has actually been more effective against right-handers over the course of his career, notching a combined .306 wOBA against, compared to .329 vs same-side bats. Beset for much of his big-league time by persistent command issues, Solis’s also been a victim of the recent homer surge around the game, with over 17% of his fly balls coming to rest in the seats since the start of 2017.
After avoiding arbitration by signing a one-year, $850K pact with the team in November, Solis was set to compete for the second-lefty role in the Washington pen with longtime teammate Matt Grace. With the release, the Nats owe the lefty just one-sixth of his agreed-upon salary for 2019.