The Pirates pick up Braves' pitcher Chris Resop

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This was a waiver deal, but not revocable waivers. The Braves requested outright waivers on pitcher Chris Resop on Monday, the Pirates claimed him and now he’s theirs.

A good pickup, too.  At least one worth the waiver price. Resop, who is 27, has had some tough luck in various cups of coffee for the Marlins, Dodgers and Braves, but he had a 2.09 ERA, struck out ten batters per nine innings, had a serviceable walk rate and didn’t allow many homers in 15 AAA starts this year, which was his first real action as a starter in either the minors or majors.

Could be nothing, but could turn out to be a move with some upside. In other words, it’s exactly the kind of move the Pirates should be making.

Report: Nationals sign reliever Brandon Kintzler to a two-year deal

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Both a Kinsler and a Kintzler made headlines at the Winter Meetings. After the Angels acquired second baseman Ian Kinsler from the Tigers, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Nationals have inked reliever Brandon Kintzler to a two-year contract, pending a physical. Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the deal is worth $10 million and includes a third-year option worth $6 million.

Kintzler, 33, spent the latter half of his 2017 campaign with the Nationals after the Twins traded him. Between both clubs, he put up an aggregate 3.03 ERA with 29 saves and a 39/16 K/BB ratio in 71 1/3 innings.

Sean Doolittle will handle save situations for the Nationals. Kintzler and Ryan Madson will bridge the gap to him in the seventh and eighth innings.