The Nationals cleared a spot on their 40-man roster by outrighting first baseman Tyler Moore to Triple-A Syracuse on Friday.
Moore was out of minor league options, which required the Nationals to pass him through waivers to take him off their 40-man roster.
Moore, 29, was struggling this spring with a .129 average through 17 games. He has been a fixture on the Nationals' bench for the past four seasons, but found himself on the outside looking in at the competition for backup first baseman this spring.
Moore's odds of making the Nationals Opening Day roster were slim with the presence of Clint Robinson - who played well in 2015 - and a crowded infield mix in camp. Moore played some at third base to increase his chances of earning a role, but it wasn't enough to convince Dusty Baker and the front office to keep him on the 40-man roster.
Moore hit .203 with six homer and 27 RBI in 97 games in 2015. In 277 career MLB games he holds a .228 batting average.
The Nationals and Moore avoided arbitration in December by agreeing to a one-year, $900,000 deal. He is under team control through 2019.
The Nats took Moore three times in the MLB draft and signed him as a 16th round pick in 2008.
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