The Washington Nationals completed a much-needed and impressive bullpen makeover at the very last second.
The Minnesota Twins traded their closer – right-hander Brandon Kintzler – to the Nationals, as the 2017 All-Star joins former Oakland Athletics Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle as crucial pickups for manager Dusty Baker.
This deal only cost the Nationals low Class A left-hander Tyler Watson, a 20-year-old drafted in the 34th round in 2015, according to the Washington Post.
Kintzler is perhaps one of the most underrated pickups at the deadline, especially for a Nationals bullpen that still ranks last in the National League with a 5.07 ERA.
Kintzler has posted a 2.78 ERA in 45 1/3 innings this season, striking out 27 and accumulating 28 saves all by forcing ground balls 53.9% of the time.
While Kintzler may be a rental arm – he is set to become a free agent in 2018 – he’ll be a valuable one at that.
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