The Nationals released pitchers Chad Gaudin and Matt Chico, cutting ties with a reliever whom they signed this winter to a minor league deal and a starter who had been in their organization since the middle of 2006.

Chico, 28, had been pitching for the Nationals’ affiliate in the Gulf Coast League before the Nationals cut him. In 2007, at 24, Chico made 31 starts for the Nationals. He started 2008 as their No. 2 starter but injured his elbow after eight starts and underwent Tommy John surgery. Following his rehab, Chico made one spot start last in the majors, which the Nationals won. Otherwise, he’s spent the past two years in the minor leagues.

Gaudin, 28, pitched in 10 games this April, putting up a 6.40 ERA in 8 1/3 innings. The Nationals designated him for assignment Monday, leading to today’s release.