Four Nationals players with major league experience have cleared outright waivers and have been assigned to the Triple-A Fresno roster, the club announced this afternoon.
Infielder Adrián Sanchez and right-handers Aaron Barrett, Paolo Espino and Austen Williams were placed on waivers and were not claimed by any other clubs. They’ll remain in the Nationals organization but are now off the 40-man roster.
Barrett and Espino appeared in a few games for the Nats this season. Sanchez and Williams, who previously played in D.C., were injured.
Catcher Tres Barrera, meanwhile, was reinstated off Major League Baseball’s restricted list, having served out his suspension after testing positive for a performance enhancing drug during the season’s first week.
With Barrera’s return and the other four players’ removal, the Nationals now have 37 players on their 40-man roster. More spaces will open up in the coming weeks when the club declines to pick up some players’ 2021 options while others officially become free agents.