WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals made a last-minute move to bolster their bullpen, acquiring right-handed reliever Brandon Kintzler from the Minnesota Twins, according to multiple reports.
The trade has yet to be officially announced, and it is has not yet been reported what the Nationals gave up in return.
The Nats completed the move just minutes before Monday’s 4 p.m. EST nonwaiver trade deadline. Kintzler, who turns 33 Tuesday, is in the midst of the best year of his career, pitching to a 2.78 ERA with 28 saves in 45 relief appearances for the Twins, earning him his first career All-Star selection.
Kintzler joins recent acquisitions Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle at the back of the Nationals’ bullpen. Despite a better run of late, Washington’s relief corps still owns the worst ERA in the National League at 5.07, nearly a full run higher than the Major League average.
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