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Nationals acquire Roenis Elías from Mariners

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First they get Daniel Hudson, now they get another pitcher: the Washington Nationals have acquired Roenis Elías from the Seattle Mariners.

Elías has a 4.40 ERA in 44 relief appearances. He has a K/BB ratio of 45/17 in 47 innings. He’s been closing for the Mariners and has 14 saves on the year. He won’t be closing for Washington. He’s a lefty, and lefties are gold. Or at least we’re led to believe they are. Baseball teams certainly still seem to think so. Fun fact, though: lefties have tattooed Elías this year, hitting .353/.441/.549 off of him. Small sample sizes I suppose.


Chris Archer exits start after one inning due to apparent injury

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Pirates starter Chris Archer exited Tuesday night’s start against the Pirates while warming up ahead of the second inning. He was examined by the Pirates’ training staff before walking off the field. The reason is currently unknown but an update should be forthcoming.

Archer allowed a pair of singles before getting consecutive strikeouts to see his way out of the first inning. The 30-year-old right-hander has had a forgettable year in Pittsburgh, entering Tuesday’s action 3-9 with a 5.23 ERA and a 141/55 K/BB ratio in 118 2/3 innings.

The Pirates, overall, are in rough shape, losing 22 of their last 27 games dating back to July 21. They are 51-73, 15.5 games out of first place in the NL Central cellar. It may behoove them to play it safe with Archer since they don’t have anything to play for over the remainder of the regular season. The club holds options for his 2020 and ’21 seasons at $9 million and $11 million, respectively.