Part of the season behind moving Ryan Zimmerman off third base is to take the stress off his right shoulder, but one side benefit is that Anthony Rendon will be free to do things like this:
Quite nifty. And a play that fellow third baseman and skilled defender Adrian Beltre can surely appreciate.
Rendon has also had an excellent day at the plate, going 4-for-5 with a solo home run and three runs scored.
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.