The Law Firm is getting back together! The Nationals have reportedly re-signed free-agent reliever Brandon Kintzler on an incentivized two-year, $10mil deal.
It sure is a pleasant surprise to see this kind of news come out of the Winter Meetings, especially at 1:30am. Assuming Kintzler passes his physical, the Nationals are getting a huge piece of their 2017 roster back. Kintzler excelled in his role as the Nationals’ seventh inning specialist, bridging the way for Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle to close games out. Kintzler was acquired at last year’s trade deadline from the Twins, and finished the season with an impressive 3.03 ERA to go along with 29 saves and 10 holds. At 33, the Vegas native was expected to sign elsewhere as a closer, so we should be glad to have him and the Law Firm back on South Capitol Street! There’s been no better bullpen combination than Kintzler-Madson-Doolittle in recent Nationals history, and it appears we are not done yet.
The Nationals have expressed interest in bringing back free-agent reliever Matt Albers on a two-year contract, though a deal has not been met. Albers had a 1.62 ERA for the Nationals last season. The Nationals are also looking at free agents Wade Davis and Hector Rondon, both former Cubs’ relievers with Dave Martinez.
What are your thoughts on this big signing?
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