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Baseball notes: Nationals release Hellickson, then sign him to minor league contract

Baseball notes: Nationals release Hellickson, then sign him to minor league contract

The Washington Nationals released former Orioles pitcher Jeremy Hellickson on Sunday to avoid paying him a retention bonus, then signed him to a minor league contract.

Hellickson is expected to replace A.J. Cole in the major league rotation once he's ready.

Cincinnati outfielder Ben Revere, St. Louis reliever Jason Motte, Kansas City pitcher Ricky Nolasco, Minnesota infielder Erick Aybar and Cubs outfielder Peter Bourjos also were released Sunday, four days before all 30 clubs play their openers.

It was the last day for teams to choose what to do with players who chose to become free agents after the World Series and later signed minor league contracts. Clubs could...

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