Casey Janssen was signed for $5 million this offseason to replace Tyler Clippard as the Nationals’ primary setup man, but instead he spent the first six weeks of the season on the disabled list with a shoulder injury.
Janssen has been rehabbing in the minors and the Nationals are convinced he’s healthy now, activating the 33-year-old right-hander from the DL.
Janssen has a history of arm problems, so counting on him being healthy is no sure thing, but from 2010-2014 he threw 286 innings with a 2.99 ERA and 261/66 K/BB ratio for the Blue Jays.
The Braves announced on Thursday that the club has inked lefty reliever Will Smith to a three-year, $39 million contract with a club option for the 2023 season worth $13 million. Smith received a qualifying offer worth $17.8 million from the Giants, so he opted for a lower average annual value for a longer contract.
Smith, 30, was an All-Star last season with the Giants, finishing with 34 saves, a 2.76 ERA, and a 96/21 K/BB ratio across 65 1/3 innings. Across parts of seven seasons in the majors, he has a 3.53 ERA.
Smith, the top free agent left-handed reliever, will join a strong Braves bullpen which already includes Mark Melancon, Shane Greene, and Sean Newcomb.