Nationals acquire three relievers ahead of trade deadline

Chris Lingebach
July 31, 2019 - 4:01 pm
Nationals acquire three relievers ahead of trade deadline

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The Nationals picked up some much needed bullpen help at Wednesday's trade deadline, acquiring relievers Daniel Hudson, Roenis Elias and Hunter Strickland, all according to Jamal Collier of MLB.com.

Hudson, 32, comes from the Blue Jays by way of Kyle Johnston (9-9, 4.03 ERA), a right-handed starter for Single-A Potomac and Washington's 27th-ranked prospect, per MLB Pipeline. Hudson is 6-3 with a 3.00 ERA and has recorded eight holds and two saves in 45 appearances (48 innings pitched) for Toronto in 2019. With an expiring contract, he is a right-handed rental.

Elias and Strickland were both acquired from the Mariners, although the Strickland deal is still pending a physical. Elias, a lefty, looks like an odd acquisition on the surface. He is 4-2 with a 4.40 ERA, 14 saves and one hold in 44 appearances (47 IP), but has extreme righty-lefty splits. Lefties are hitting .353 against Elias, who is holding right-handed hitters to just a .182 average.

Elias, 30, cost the Nationals a pair of reliever prospects, left-handed Taylor Guilbeau, 26, and right-handed Elvis Alvarado, 20. Guilbeau, a 10th-round pick by Washington in 2015, is ranked their 15th-best prospect by MLB Pipeline and has pitched to a 3-2 record with a 2.89 ERA across Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Fresno this season. Alvarado is 2-2 with a 6.00 ERA for the Gulf Coast League Nationals in 2019. Elias turns 31 on Thursday.

Strickland, 30, who's been hurt most of the season and just made his first appearance since March on Sunday, is 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA and two saves in four appearances (3.1 IP). He recorded a scoreless inning, allowing no hits with no walks or strikeouts, in his return appearance against Detroit.

Strickland, who's under team control through 2021, cost the Nationals their 21st-ranked prospect, 23-year-old lefty reliever Aaron Fletcher, who's pitched to a 5-4 record with a 1.79 ERA across Single-A affiliates Hagerstown and Potomac, and Double-A Harrisburg this season.

The Nats have confirmed the deal for Hudson.