The Nationals have selected the contract of right-hander Andres Machado, per a team announcement. To make room for Machado on the 40-man and active rosters, the club designated left-hander Anthony Banda for assignment.
Machado, 30, made his MLB debut with the Royals during the 2017 season. Machado struggled badly in his first taste of big league action, surrendering nine runs on 10 hits (two home runs) and three walks while striking out just one in 3 2/3 innings of work. After that disastrous debut, Machado wouldn’t return to the big leagues until he joined the Nationals in 2021. Machado has put up solid numbers for Washington since then, with a 3.41 ERA (117 ERA+) in 95 innings of work the past two seasons, though his 4.55 FIP leaves plenty of reason for caution.
Heading out in favor of Machado is Banda, a 29-year-old lefty currently in his seventh season in the majors. The journeyman has a 5.69 ERA in 118 2/3 innings of work during his career, during which he has played for seven different clubs. That includes what has been a very difficult stint in Washington during which Banda has allowed five runs in seven innings of work. Without Banda, the Nationals have no left-handed relievers in their bullpen, though Jose Ferrer and Matt Cronin are both on the 40-man roster as possible options down the road.
Whatever it takes to get rid of Banda. Painful this year.
Saw him in spring training and he was dreadful then. Couldn’t believe he made the team. But if you’re left handed and alive you get seemingly endless chances.
You ever see the series “Banda Brothers”?
Confound it man…where’s your loyalty?
Now the thing to remember, boys… flies spread disease, so keep yours closed!
Rumor has it that the Green Hornet was a son of a bee.
Ferrer’s rise is quite impressive. Spent 2021 in rookie ball and started this year in AAA.