Report: Nationals to sign Brad Boxberger to minor league deal

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Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals are expected to sign reliever Brad Boxberger to a minor league contract.

Boxberger, 31, was released by the Royals last week after posting a 5.40 ERA with a 27/17 K/BB ratio in 26 2/3 innings in the first three months of the season. It marked a second subpar season, as he finished with a 4.39 ERA as the Diamondbacks’ closer last year.

Boxberger was an All-Star and led the AL in saves with 41 in 2015. The Nationals, with baseball’s second-worst bullpen ERA at 6.08, will hope Boxberger can turn things around and help bridge the gap to closer Sean Doolittle.