In 2017 the Washington Nationals had one of the best pitching staffs in all of baseball. That was largely due to their great starting pitching, but it was also helped by a solid bullpen.
Now, during free agency, the Nats are at risk of losing some of their guys.
Fortunately, the team avoided one potential major loss.
The Nationals reportedly re-signed right-handed reliever Brandon Kintzler.
#Nationals in agreement with free-agent reliever Brandon Kintzler on two-year contract, sources tell The Athletic. Deal is pending a physical.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 14, 2017
Kintzler was traded to the Nationals in the middle of last season. He threw in 72 games total, with 27 of them coming in a Nats uniform. For the Nationals, Kintzler threw 26 innings of relief, posting a 3.46 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. He's not a power pitcher, as his strikeout numbers are very low. He strikes a batter out about once every two innings.
Moving forward, Kintzler will have the same role as before with Washington. He will attempt to help the Nationals post a top-five pitching season and hopefully make an extended playoff run.
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