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Report: Nationals exercise Sean Doolittle’s 2019 option


Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals have exercised Sean Doolittle‘s club option for the 2019 season worth $6 million.

Doolittle, 32, pitched quite well for the Nationals this past season. In 43 appearances, the lefty saved 25 games with a 1.60 ERA and a 60/6 K/BB ratio in 45 innings. Picking up the option was a mere formality.

Doolittle has another option for the 2020 season worth $6.5 million with a $500,000 buyout. The club option becomes a mutual option in the unlikely event Doolittle finishes 65 games in 2019. The stipulation is that he finishes 100 games between 2018-19 and he finished 35 in 2018.

Cavan Biggio hits for the cycle

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Blue Jays second baseman Cavan Biggio hit for the cycle on Tuesday against the Orioles. Cavan, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, struck out in the first inning, but bounced back to hit a two-run homer in the third. He followed that up with a single in the sixth, a double in the eighth, and a two-run triple in the ninth.

Biggio is the sixth player to hit for the cycle this season, joining Jorge Polanco (Twins), Shohei Ohtani (Angels), Jake Bauers (Indians), Trea Turner (Nationals), and Jonathan Villar (Orioles). He’s the third member of the Blue Jays to hit for the cycle, joining Jeff Frye and Kelly Gruber. In case you were wondering, yes, Craig Biggio has also hit for the cycle. He did so against the Rockies on April 8, 2002. Craig and Cavan are the second father-son duo to both hit for the cycle, joining Gary and Daryle Ward, Sportsnet notes.

After Tuesday’s 4-for-5 performance, Biggio is batting .230/.361/.425 with 14 home runs and 42 RBI in 379 plate appearances on the season.