The Washington Nationals released veteran first baseman Kevin Barker.  The 36 year old former Chiefs player appeared in eight spring games at the major league level and had 2 hits in 11 at bats before being sent to the Nationals minor league complex last week.

He was competeing with the Nationals 1st round selection in the 2006 June draft, Chris Marrero and Mike Aubrey who was the Cleveland Indians 1st selection in the 2003 June Draft, for playing time.  Both are expected to start the season with the Chiefs.

Marrero, 22, spent all of last season with Harrisburg and batted .294 with 28 doubles, 18 home runs and 82 RBI in 141 games.

Aubrey, 28, batted .235 with 25 doubles, 22 home runs and 68 RBI in only 101 games for AAA-Norfolk (Baltimore Orioles organization) last season.


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