Nationals “closing in on” a deal with reliever Todd Coffey

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Washington is “closing in on” a contract with right-hander Todd Coffey, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com.

Coffey was non-tendered by the Brewers despite a 3.52 ERA and 128/46 K/BB ratio in 153 innings for Milwaukee during the past three seasons.

Coffey’s slider is his best pitch, but his average fastball also clocks in at 94 miles per hour and he’s induced 52 percent ground balls to go along with missing plenty of bats. He should be a solid middle reliever in 2011.