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Jeremy Guthrie reportedly elects free agency after being DFA’d by Washington Nationals...

Washington’s Nationals DFA’d Jeremy Guthrie after the veteran starter’s disastrous start in Philadelphia last weekend. Guthrie reportedly elected for free agency...

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Jeremy Guthrie’s time with the Washington Nationals has reportedly come to an end.

Called up to make a spot start last weekend in Philadelphia, the veteran starter, who signed on with Washington this winter, imploded.

Guthrie, in his first start in the majors since September 2015, recorded just two outs, giving up six hits, four walks and ten earned runs in what ended up being a 17-3 loss.

He was DFA’d the next day when the Nationals brought Matt Albers up to bolster their beleaguered bullpen.

According to a report by Washington Post writer Chelsea Janes this afternoon, Guthrie opted for free agency after he was DFA’d last week:

Dusty Baker talked after removing Guthrie from last Saturday’s game, about how hard it was, knowing that the right-hander worked hard to make it back to the majors.

“It was real hard, but I had to do what I had to do for the team,” Baker said, comparing the first inning of the game to a nightmare.

“You can’t feel any more helpless than that,” he said.

“It’s kind of like a nightmare inning and then one after another there were some real rockets hit tonight against us.”

The rough outing came after a strong Spring by Guthrie, who posted a 2.41 ERA (5 ER in 18 23 IP) and a .159 BAA in nine games (two starts) in Grapefruit League action.

“I just feel like six weeks of really good results and really good feelings about the work I’ve done and the way I’ve fit on this club. . . it’s hard to think about it right now,” Guthrie told reporters, including the WaPost’s Chelsea Janes, after the outing.

“It just kind of goes away in a moment.”