The Nationals have signed left-hander Josh Rogers to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Rochester, tweets Red Wings communications director Nate Rowan. The Orioles cut Rogers loose over the weekend.
Rogers, 27, was one of the players Baltimore received from the Yankees in the 2018 trade that sent Zack Britton to New York. At the time, he was largely MLB-ready arm, but things haven’t panned out as the O’s or Rogers had hoped. The lefty had Tommy John surgery in 2019 and has only been healthy enough to tally 26 innings in the big leagues, during which time he’s yielded 25 runs with as many walks (11) as strikeouts (11).
To his credit, Rogers was excellent for the Orioles as a 23-year-old in Triple-A following the trade. In 30 2/3 innings down the stretch with Baltimore’s top affiliate in Norfolk that year, he worked to a 2.08 ERA with an 18-to-7 K/BB ratio. He was rocked in a cup of coffee that September and both at the Triple-A and MLB level in 2019 before undergoing surgery. Rogers made it back to the mound for 17 1/3 innings with Norfolk this season but was again hit hard.
For now, Rogers will hope that a change of scenery will get him back on track. The lefty logged a 3.24 ERA across two levels during the 2017 season and a combined 3.54 mark in the minors in 2018 prior to his injury-shortened 2019 season. At the very least, he’ll give the Nats some depth in the rotation or perhaps as an eventual left-handed option out of the ’pen.