Meet the New Chiefs…same as the Old Chiefs

Cuts are starting to come fast and furious in major league camps this week, and today, the Nationals trimmed their roster down to 33, sending eight players down to the minor leagues. The first six, reassigned to Syracuse are:

– RP Erik Davis (1-0, 4.15 in 8 games with the Chiefs in 2012)

– SP Yunesky Maya (11-10, 3.88 in 28 starts)

– RP Ryan Perry (1-1, 4.50 in 11 games)

– C Jhonatan Solano (.250/.298/.288 in 13 games)

– 1B Chris Marrero (.244/.333/.307 in 37 games)

– OF Corey Brown (.285/.365/.523 in 126 games)

And two others reassigned to “minor league camp” that you can expect to see in Syracuse…

– SS Zach Walters (.214/.260/.286 in 29 games)

– SP Ross Ohlendorf

Ohlendorf, who was with the Red Sox and Padres’ organizations last year, is the only one of the eight that wasn’t with Syracuse last year.

All the roster stability is a good thing, even though the Chiefs went 70-74 last year. Davis and Walters have impressed in their first big league camps and are set to get their first full Triple-A years under their belts. Solano and Marrero are coming off of injury-plagued years and are fully healthy. And Perry’s been turned into a starter with more control after spending most of the season at Double-A Harrisburg. As for Brown and Maya, the numbers speak for themselves.

This group joins outfielder Eury Perez, who’s already been reassigned to Syracuse, as 2013’s Opening Day group of Chiefs. More players should join them within the week as the Nationals get set for Opening Day.

One other returning member of the Chiefs is manager Tony Beasley. Check out our conversation with him from spring training here…


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