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MLB Free Agency 2011: Washington Nationals Non-tender Reliever Doug Slaten

The deadline for offering contracts to unsigned players hits at midnight on Monday for the Washington Nationals. The club must tender contract offers to all of the unsigned players on their roster but for whom they still have control. This process announces their intention to either offer a contract or let the player hit the free agency market, and is a more vexing decision for those who are arbitration eligible.

According to reports, the Nats made a decision on lefty reliever Doug Slaten. They will non-tender Slaten, which means his tenure as a National is likely coming to an end. Adam Kilgore of the Washington post first reported the move.

Via Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post:

The Nats will non-tender lefty reliever Doug Slaten, source says. Not a real surprise. Still waiting official word on other six guys.

The 31 year old Slaten had a marginal role with the Nats last season. He appeared in 31 games, posting a 4.41 ERA in just 16.1 innings of work.

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