Dan Cortes Fails Physical, Nationals Void Deal

ST PETERSBURG FL - SEPTEMBER 26: Pitcher Dan Cortes #57 of the Seattle Mariners delivers a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on September 26 2010 in St. Petersburg Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)

The Washington Nationals signed right-handed pitcher Dan Cortes earlier in the offseason to a minor league deal after he was non-tendered by the Mariners. However, Cortes failed his physical with the club and the deal has been voided, according to Amanda Comak of the Washington Times. The Nationals are still interested in Cortes, so re-signing him to a deal wouldn't be a surprise.

"The Nationals still like the right-hander who was non-tendered by Seattle this offseason after undergoing shoulder surgery to repair rotator cuff damage and a partial tear of his biceps tendon suffered during an off-field fall, and it's believed they'd still have some interest in him if and when he returns to full health."

Cortes is only 24-years-old but has been through a ton in his career, mostly off the field incidents that has cost him to bounce team-to-team. He's only pitched 16 innings at the majors, and struggled, but anyone that can throw in the mid-90s and miss bats will be able to find a job.

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