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Report: Nationals exercise Sean Doolittle’s 2019 option

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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.

Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

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Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.

Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.

Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.

Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.

Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.

“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”