Nationals nearing minor-league deal with Brad Boxberger

Chris Lingebach
July 08, 2019 - 5:58 pm
Nationals nearing minor-league deal with Brad Boxberger

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The Nationals' ongoing search for the right veteran arm to round out their pen continues, and 31-year-old Brad Boxberger is the latest to answer the call.

According to Barry Svrluga of The Washington Post, the Nats are close to a minor-league deal with Boxberger, who cleared waivers after being released by the Royals last week.

Boxberger, who recorded 75 saves for the Rays and Diamondbacks from 2014 to 2018, went 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA in 29 appearances for Kansas City in 2019.

Washington has repeatedly taken fliers on veteran arms in free agency, in hopes of rekindling some magic on the cheap, in an attempt – to mixed degrees of success – to fill the gaping late-inning void left by Trevor Rosenthal, who was originally slotted to be the club's setup man.

Dan Jennings did not work out, but the Nats have gotten valuable production out of 33-year-old Javy Guerra, claimed off outright waivers from Toronto in May, and 42-year-old Fernando Rodney. Jonny Venters, 34, has only made three appearances in a Nats uniform, the first of them scoreless while the latter resulted in a three-run losing effort in extras.

The Nationals have still managed to go 28-11 in their past 39 games despite a revolving door in the bullpen.

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