Nationals release Will Ohman

Mike Ehrmann

The veteran lefty reliever requested and was granted his outright release.

The Washington Nationals re-assigned lefty reliever Will Ohman to minor-league camp last week, and have now granted the veteran southpaw his unconditional release, reports Bill Ladson of MLB.com.

Ohman's deal with the Nats did not include an opt-out clause, but the team informed the veteran that they would grant his release if prompted when they bumped him down to minor-league camp last Monday.

The 35-year-old signed a minor-league contract with the Nats in February. From the get-go, the left-hander's chances of making the club's bullpen were slim. With so many arms in the mix, Davey Johnson had a difficult time finding available innings for Ohman even in camp, per Ladson. The left-hander threw just one inning this spring before he was sent down to work with the minor-leaguers.

Ohman has a decade of big-league experience, putting up a 4.28 ERA and 8.6 K/9 rate in 353 innings, but his numbers have suffered the last few seasons.

He threw just 26⅔ innings for the White Sox last season -- posting a 6.41 ERA -- forcing the club to release him in July. Ohman latched on with the Reds for the latter half of 2012, but spent all his time with their Triple-A affiliate.

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