Nationals sign former Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen

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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.