Mets reliever Daniel Herrera needs Tommy John surgery

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Daniel Herrera, a left-handed reliever who was one of the Mets’ final cuts late in spring training, will miss the remainder of the season following Tommy John elbow surgery according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

Despite having a 3.72 ERA and 71/36 K/BB ratio in 102 innings as a major leaguer Herrera has had trouble sticking in the big leagues, perhaps in part because he’s 5-foot-6 and in part because his fastball tops out at 85 miles per hour.

He was off to a good start at Triple-A and may have been in line for a call-up to the Mets’ bullpen at some point, but now the 27-year-old southpaw will be sidelined until mid-2013.

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.

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.