The Nationals have selected three veteran players to their 40-man roster in anticipation of setting an Opening Day roster, as the Talk Nats blog first reported on Twitter. Utilityman Emilio Bonifacio, lefty Sam Freeman, and righty Javy Guerra are all slated to join the 30-man active unit.
It comes as no surprise that the defending World Series champs would call upon a group of grizzled vets to help fill out the 30-man roster to open the season. Whether any of these players will stick for the long haul or carve out significant roles remains to be seen; each has struggled to hang onto a MLB roster spot of late.
Bonifacio, 35, has been around the block more than a few times, appearing with eight teams (including the Nats) over 11 MLB seasons. He hasn’t appeared in the bigs since 2017 but had a solid showing last year at Triple-A and hit well in Spring Training.
Freeman (five teams) and Guerra (six) have also bounced around quite a bit over their time in the majors. The former spent most of 2019 in the minors but was a useful contributor to the Braves in the two prior seasons. The latter threw 67 2/3 MLB innings last year, most of them in D.C., compiling a 4.66 ERA with 7.6 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9.