Carlos Zambrano admits he's been lazy

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The guy sounds like that personal trainer I’ve been ducking at the gym for the past six months:

“There are things in life you don’t like to do, but you have to do
them. I don’t like abs [abdominal muscle workouts], but I have to do
them. I have to start doing them every day and be serious about it. I’ve got to be honest with me and with you [media] guys and the fans.
I’m 28 years old, I’m not 16 anymore. I’m a big guy
and I work hard every day, [but] one of the things I don’t like to do
is my abs, my core work. If I do abs every day and keep doing my job
and be serious about my abs, I’ll be OK.”

No word on whether he plans to cut down on the crazy, but I hope not. I love watching this guy pitch, and all of the stuff that goes with it.  It probably helps that I’m not a Cubs fan. I can see how his shtick could get old if you actually care if his team wins or loses.

Nationals acquire Kelvin Herrera from Royals

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Update (8:06 PM ET): The Royals will receive minor leaguers Blake Perkins, Kelvin Gutiérrez, and Yohanse Morel from the Nationals, per Heyman. The trade is official as the Nationals and Royals have announced the deal.

Perkins, 21, is the Nationals’ No. 11 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. The outfielder was selected by the Nationals in the second round of the 2015 draft. This season, with High-A Potomac, Perkins hit .234/.344/.290 in 305 plate appearances.

Gutiérrez, 23, is rated by MLB Pipeline as the Nats’ No. 10 prospect. The club signed him as an international free agent in April 2013. With Double-A Harrisburg this season, the third baseman hit .274/.321/.391 in 249 trips to the plate.

Morel, 17, is not in the Nats’ Top-30 as the club signed him last July as an international free agent. In one start in the Dominican Summer League, Morel allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk with five strikeouts across 3 1/3 innings.

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals are close to acquiring reliever Kelvin Herrera from the Royals. Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post says three minor leaguers are going from the Nats to the Royals.

Herrera, 28, has been outstanding for the last-place Royals. He owns a 1.05 ERA with 14 saves and a 22/2 K/BB ratio in 25 2/3 innings. Herrera is a free agent after the season, so this is effectively a rental for the Nationals, who are three games behind the Braves for first place in the NL East.

Herrera will help bolster the Nats’ bullpen behind closer Sean Doolittle, who has 17 saves and a 1.52 ERA. It’s not known yet how the Nationals will handle the closer’s role with Herrera in the mix. One would imagine Herrera slides into the set-up role behind Doolittle.