Nats cut ties with Olsen, English

The Nationals on Saturday secured outright waivers on left-handers Scott Olsen and Jesse English.

Olsen has elected to become a free agent, while English was outrighted to Triple-A Sryacuse but will become a free agent at 5 p.m. today.

The 26-year-old Olsen was acquired in a trade with Florida on Nov. 10, 2008, granted free agency last Dec. 12 and re-signed by the Nationals the next day. He never showed the promise displayed in double-digit victory seasons with the Marlins in 2007 and 2007 and fought injuries during his time in Washington.

Olson was 4-8 with a 5.56 ERA in 17 games, including 15 starts, with the Nationals in 2010. When he was moved to the bullpen late in the season, he openly sulked and said he wasn’t cut out for relief. In two seasons with Washington, he was 6-12 with a 5.76 ERA in 26 games, all but two of them starts.

The 26-year-old English was claimed off waivers from San Francisco on Sept. 10, 2009 and appeared in seven games with Washington in 2010, posting a 3.86 ERA in seven appearances covering seven innings.