Looking for late-inning bullpen help after trading Tyler Clippard to the A’s, the Nationals have signed former Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com says it’s a one-year, $5 million deal and includes a mutual option for 2016.
Janssen saved 81 games from 2012-2014 and has posted a sub-4.00 ERA every year since 2010, logging a total of 286 innings with a 2.99 ERA and 261/66 K/BB ratio during that time.
His strikeout rate dipped to 5.5 per nine innings in 2014 after being 8.7 per nine innings from 2010-2013 and at age 33 he might be solidly into his decline phase, but for a $5 million investment Janssen seems like a worthwhile addition in a setup role.
Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.
Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.
Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.