Guthrie signed a minor league deal with the Nationals on Friday that includes an invite to major league spring training, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports. The veteran right-hander spent last season in the minors after he did not crack the Rangers' Opening Day roster. His NRI status coupled with the Nationals' stellar pitching at the major league level makes him a bit of a long shot to crack the 25-man out of spring. His starting experience does help his chances, but the Nationals also recently signed 29-year-old Vance Worley, who offers a similar skill set as a spot starter or long reliever.
Guthrie will pitch for the Melbourne Aces in the Australian Baseball League this winter, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports. Guthrie's last major league appearance came with the Royals during their 2015 World Series campaign. He spent the 2016 season with the Marlins' and Padres' Triple-A affiliates, posting a cumulative 7.17 ERA over 86.2 innings. At 37 years old, it's safe to assume that Guthrie's MLB career has likely come to an end.
Guthrie has been released by the Marlins, Tim Grubbs of Cox Sports reports. Guthrie was attempting his second major league comeback this season after being released by the Padres in June. In six starts for Triple-A New Orleans, the 37-year-old compiled a 3-3 record and an 8.44 ERA. It remains to be seen whether another team will take a chance on Guthrie as the season enters the homestretch.
Guthrie signed a minor league deal with the Marlins on Monday and will report to Triple-A, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports. The 37-year-old opted out of his deal with the Padres earlier this month, and he'll now join the Marlins in hopes of reinvigorating his career. Guthrie made 30 appearances, including 24 starts, for the Royals last season but struggled in 11 Triple-A appearances for San Diego, amassing a 6.60 ERA and 1.57 WHIP across 60 innings. Expectations will be low in Miami, but if Guthrie is able to string together a few solid starts at Triple-A, he could work his way into a spot start or two at the major league level.
Guthrie plans to opt out of his Triple-A contract with the Padres to become a free agent, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports. The 37-year-old owns a very poor 6.60 ERA and 1.57 WHIP through 11 starts at the Triple-A level this season. This opt out could provide the change of scenery necessary to get his season back on track, but his days as an effective major league starter could be over.