Age on Opening Day 2014: 27
How acquired: Waivers, April 23, 2013
MLB service time: 1 year, 19 days
2013 salary+bonuses: $495,900
Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2016, free agent in 2019
2013 Stats: 16 G, 12.1 IP, 15 H, 12 R, 9 ER, 8 BB, 9 SO, 1.865 WHIP, 6.57 ERA, 4.02 FIP, 0.0 WAR
2013 analysis: The Nationals brought in Xavier Cedeño in late April after it became clear Zach Duke wasn’t going to cut it as their lone lefty reliever. Cedeño wasn’t the perfect solution – a castoff from the worst team in baseball – but he did find some success in Washington. Cedeño made 11 appearances with the Nats and held an impressive 1.50 ERA. Cedeño didn’t save the Nats bullpen, but he gave Davey Johnson a much needed option from the left side.
Cedeño spent most of his year at Triple-A Syracuse where he made 39 appearances with a 1.31 ERA. The Nats adjusted Cedeño’s mechanics when they brought him in and the difference was staggering. He struck out 45 batters in 34 1/3 innings and quickly made a case to be called up. Twice the Nats brought him to Washington: once in June for two games and then in September where he pitched in nine different games. Both times he showed he belonged in the big leagues.