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By removing Cabrera from the roster, the Nationals will eat the remainder of his one-year, $2.6-million contract.
"You have to put your best 25 players on the roster that are giving you a chance to win," acting general manager Mike Rizzo said. "I look beyond the contract and look at the execution and performance of the player, and it wasn't up to par. I was tired of watching him."
In eight starts, Cabrera went 0-5, and averaged more than two hits and/or walks allowed per inning. On Monday, in his first appearance since getting banished to the bullpen, Cabrera recorded two outs, walked three and threw a wild pitch.
Cabrera understood the move, though, and did not appear upset.
"Yeah, I understand the situation," he said. "I know I haven't pitched good. I have not been doing what they wanted me to do. I haven't been pitching good, so it was going to happen sooner or later."
Asked why he struggled during his brief tenure with the Nationals, Cabrera said, "In this game, that's why you see 50,000 people there. Because in this game you never know what is going to happen. One day you can be the best and one day you can be the worst. When I came here I had a good feeling, but nothing [went] my way."
But of course Cabrera's gotten worse, not better. Objectively speaking, he might have deserved a bit more time in the bullpen, but Rizzo's comment -- "I was tired of watching him" -- is both honest and understandable. Cabrera may have a place in the game yet. But it's time for someone else to watch him.