In the run up to the 4 PM ET non-waiver trade deadline, the Nationals acquired reliever Brandon Kintzler from the Twins, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. Ken Rosenthal reports that the Twins will receive Tyler Watson in return.
Kintzler, 32, has finished an MLB-high 41 games this season with 28 saves, a 2.78 ERA, and a 27/11 K/BB ratio in 45 1/3 innings. He’ll help bolster the bullpen of the Nationals, who have a 13-game first-place lead in the NL East. The Nats recently added Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle as well.
Watson, 20, was selected by the Naitonals in the 34th round of the 2015 draft. The lefty has a 4.35 ERA and a 98/24 K/BB ratio in 93 innings with Single-A Hagerstown this season.
Update (3:50 PM ET): The Angels will receive pitcher Luis Madero from the D-Backs, per MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand.
Madero, 20, was signed by the D-Backs as an international free agent on October 1, 2013. This season, between rookie ball in Missoula and Low-A Hillsboro, the right-hander put up a 5.69 ERA with a 45/11 K/BB ratio in 49 innings across nine starts.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Diamondbacks have acquired reliever David Hernandez from the Angels. The Angels’ return is not yet known.
Hernandez, 32, has pitched well out of the bullpen for the Halos, compiling a 2.23 ERA with a 37/8 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. The right-hander has been well-traveled this season. He signed with the Giants on a minor league deal in February, was released in March and signed with the Braves, then was traded by the Braves to the Angels in April. This is Hernandez’s second stint with the Diamondbacks as he pitched for them from 2011-15.
The Wild Card-hopeful D-Backs hope Hernandez can help reinforce the bullpen behind struggling closer Fernando Rodney, who owns a 5.08 ERA.
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Indians have acquired reliever Joe Smith from the Blue Jays. The Jays’ return is not yet known.
Smith, 33, has a 3.28 ERA with a 51/10 K/BB ratio in 35 2/3 innings out of the bullpen this season. He’s been particularly tough on right-handed hitters, holding them to a .527 OPS. This is Smith’s second stint with the Indians, as he pitched for the club from 2009-13. The right-hander is owed the remainder of his $3 million salary and can become a free agent after the season.
Smith will help bolster the bullpen behind closer Cody Allen, joining Andrew Miller and Bryan Shaw in handling the later innings.