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Nationals release outfielder Daniel

Nationals release outfielder Daniel

WASHINGTON -- Two years ago, outfielder Mike Daniel was considered one of the best hitting prospects in the Nationals organization. Not anymore. On Monday the Nationals gave Daniel, 25, his unconditional release after he went 10-for-52 (.182) with a home run and seven RBIs.

"He didn't develop," general manager Mike Rizzo said. "It happens all the time. We felt it was time for him and us to turn the page and give him different opportunities [somewhere else]."

Daniel's best season in the organization was in 2007, when he hit a combined .294 with 11 home runs and 78 RBIs for Class A Hagerstown and Class A Potomac.

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