The Nationals are designating reliever Gabe Klobosits for assignment, reports Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post (on Twitter). The move clears a space on Washington’s 40-man roster, which now sits at 39.
Klobosits made his first 11 MLB appearances last season. The 6’8″ righty averaged nearly 95 MPH on his fastball but didn’t get great results, allowing eight runs in 11 1/3 innings with five strikeouts and walks apiece. The Auburn product had a very nice season in the high minors, combining for a 1.64 ERA with a solid 28.9% strikeout percentage and 8.8% walk rate between Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Rochester.
The 26-year-old paired his fastball with a split and a slider during his limited big league time. He didn’t miss many bats in the majors but had a fair bit of success during his preceding minor league run. Washington will have a week to trade Klobosits or place him on waivers. If another team put in a claim, they’d be able to option him to the minor leagues in each of the next two seasons.