The Washington Nationals have announced the outright release of J.D. Martin following a flurry of signings over the past several days. Martin was released to create space on the 40 man roster.
One of those signings was the addition of Todd Coffey, who will be 30 when the season begins, has played for two teams over the course of his six-year career. He came up with the Cincinnati Reds in 2005 and was then traded to the Milwaukee Brewers in 2008, where he has pitched since. The Nationals will be his third team.
Coffey has pitched to a respectable to a 4.15 ERA over his career, however has found his groove over the last three seasons, pitching to a 3.52 ERA. He had his best year in 2008, when he made 78 appearances and pitched to a career-best 2.90 ERA.
In my opinion, the best part about Coffey is his borderline-ridiculously intense way that he sprints in from the bullpen.
Martin, 28, on the other hand, struggled to break the Nationals rotation over the past several years. Over two seasons with the team, he has made 24 starts, pitching to a 4.32 ERA. However, he bounced between Triple-A and the majors and has never really been able to cement himself as a big league pitcher. He has made mostly spot starts and could serve some team well as a long-man out of the bullpen with another team.