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Ross Ohlendorf elects for free agency after Nationals outright him off 40-Man roster

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Ross Ohlendorf will take his old-timey delivery to the free agent market after an injury-plagued 2014 campaign in which he made just five minor league starts after signing a 1-year/$1.25M with the Washington Nationals last winter.

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The Washington Nationals placed Ross Ohlendorf on the 60-Day DL in late March, days after they optioned the then-31-year-old right-hander to Triple-A Syracuse. The option was voided:

The seven-year veteran signed a 1-year/$1.25M deal after he finished the 2013 campaign at +0.3 fWAR, with a (4-1) record in 16 games and seven major league starts in which he put up a 3.28 ERA, a 4.03 FIP, 14 walks (2.09 BB/9) and 45 Ks (6.71 K/9) in 60 ⅓ IP.

His successful run was in part due to a bump up in his fastball velocity, to an average of 92.5 MPH and a high of 96.8 mph according to Fangraphs.com.

"I feel like all season last year I was throwing as hard as I have in a couple years..." - Ross Ohlendorf on 2013 campaign with Washington

"I've thrown that hard in the past," Ohlendorf told reporters in January.

"It just had been a while," he joked. "But the velocity definitely helped. I felt like my command was good. I learned to pitch up in the zone effectively, so, not just hitting 97 [mph] that one time, but just the fact that my velocity consistently was higher when I wanted it to be."

Ohlendorf returned to make three rehab starts in May 2014, one for the High-A Potomac Nationals and two for the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs, but after a May 25th start with the Nats' top minor league affiliate, the right-hander was sidelined with what Chiefs' skipper Billy Gardner, Jr. told  Syracuse.com writer Lindsay Kramer was a "'sore lat or tight lat.'"

Ohlendorf made two starts in August, but his season ended after an August 31st outing with Potomac.

The Nationals announced tonight that Ohlendorf elected for free agency after he was reinstated from the 60-Day DL and outrighted off the 40-Man Roster: