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A.J. Alexy waived by Nationals

Former Texas Rangers pitcher A.J. Alexy, who was claimed by the Washington Nationals last month on waivers, has been designated for assignment by the Nationals, it was announced today.

Alexy was DFA’d by the Rangers in early December to make room on the 40 man roster for free agent Andrew Heaney. The Nationals just signed Dom Smith, and with a full 40 man roster, they had to drop someone to make room for him. Alexy was the odd man out.

Smith, you may recall, is a former New York Met first round pick who has been bandied about as someone maybe the Rangers should have interest in at various points over the last few years, but who was non-tendered a couple of months ago after failing to hit the last two seasons.