February 15, 2013; Viera, FL, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Yunesky Maya (31) throws during spring training at Space Coast Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Nationals release Yunesky Maya


According to Matt Eddy on Twitter, the Washington Nationals have released right handed Cuban pitcher Yunesky Maya.

The 32 year old pitcher is a four time Gold Medal winner when it comes to International baseball competitions. He’s won Gold Medals in Rotterdam in 2005, Cartagena and Taichung in 2006, Taipei and Rio de Janeiro in 2007.

Before coming to the Majors, he pretty much dominated Cuban baseball. During the 2004-2005 season in Cuba, Maya led the league in ERA with a beautiful 1.61. In 2009 he finished with a record of 13-4 with seven complete games while posting a 2.22 ERA.

Maya won Cuba’s version of the Cy Young award. He was also pitching up against Cincinnati Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman.

The man’s a talented pitcher and now that he’s a free agent, he should be getting some attention from teams looking to bulk up their rotation. Teams like the Minnesota Twins, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies, New York Yankees could all possibly take a look at this right handed pitcher.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the Twins are the team to land him. Now we just have to play the waiting game.

Tags: Washington Nationals

  • George Armstrong Bluster

    Yawn. Biggest Nats news this weekend? McCann going to Yanks. Big thorn gone from NL East.

  • Aaron Somers

    Maya is a talented pitcher? Seriously? He’s underwhelmed at Triple-A over the past three seasons and provided the Nationals with zero value from the $6 Million deal they signed him to once he defected from Cuba. The “success” he had there before coming to the US is completely irrelevant at this point. He’ll be lucky to find a minor league deal this winter.