Maya signed a minor league deal with the Angels on Wednesday, which includes an invite to spring training, MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports. The 34-year-old righty made brief appearances in the big leagues for the Nationals from 2010 to 2013, but he did not pitch in affiliated baseball last season. It seems likely that he will be working as a reliever in an attempt to give new life to his career, but odds are he will spend most, if not all of 2016 in the minors.
The Braves have invited 22 non-roster players to participate in major-league spring training, highlighted by pitcher Jason Hursh and infielder Tommy La Stella, MLB.com reports. The Braves' other invitees include pitchers Lay Batista, J.R. Graham, Mark Lamm, Cody Martin, Yunesky Maya, Daniel Rodriguez, Gus Schlosser, Atahualpa Severino, Shae Simmons and Ian Thomas; catchers Matt Kennelly, Steven Lerud, Braeden Schlehuber and Jose Yepez; outfielder Matt Lipka; and infielders Mat Gamel, Phil Gosselin, Tyler Greene, Mark Hamilton and Edward Salcedo. The Braves' first-round pick in the 2013 amateur draft, Hursh allowed two earned runs in 27 innings while striking out 15 and walking 10 at Class A Rome in his first season with the organization. La Stella, who could compete for a starting role at second base, hit .343/.422/.473 with four home runs, 41 RBI and seven stolen bases in 283 at-bats with Double-A Mississippi last season.
ESPN Deportes reports that the Braves signed free agent starting pitcher Yunesky Maya to a minor league deal with a spring training invite. Maya made only one appearance for the Nationals in 2013, but he went 8-8 with a 3.87 ERA in 24 starts for Triple-A Syracuse.
The Nationals released pitcher Yunesky Maya, as reported by Baseball America. Maya made only one appearance for the Nationals in 2013. In his four years in the organization, he made 10 starts and six relief appearances, going 1-5 with a 5.80 ERA.
Nationals reliever Yunesky Maya made it through outright waivers and was assigned to Triple-A Syracuse Monday, the team announced.
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