Twins trade Kintzler to Nationals at deadline


On Monday, before the trade of closer Brandon Kintzler to Washington, the Twins' bullpen ranked 28th in Major League Baseball in ERA, 27th in strikeouts and 30th in opponent batting average (out of 30 teams). Additionally, right-handed pitcher Jimmy Cordero has been designated for assignment.

The 32-year-old Kintzler has a 2.48 ERA, 27 strikeouts and 11 walks this season.

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The 6-foot, 190-pound right-hander is just the second Twins pitcher since 2010 to convert 23 or more saves before the All-Star break. The Nats now are in Miami for a set against the Marlins, so maybe Kintzler can stop by the Everglades and feed a few crocodiles before meeting up with his new team. He'll help bolster the bullpen of the Nationals, who have a 13-game first-place lead in the NL East. A 34th-round pick by Washington in 2015, Watson projects as mid-rotation starter.

Watson is 6-4 with a 4.35 ERA in 18 games (17 starts) for Hagerstown this season and is now rated by MLB Pipeline as the No. 17 prospect in Washington's system.