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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE DEADLINE FALLOUT: BRANDON KINTZLER VALUE SEASON TAKES HIT MOVING TO WASHINGTON

In a deal that was completed with just minutes to go leading up to the 4:00 PM ET MLB trading deadline, the Washington Nationals brought aboard Minnesota Twins closer Brandon Kintzler for giant LHP Tyler Watson and international bonus money.  Coming into the season, I am very leery of the older-than-you-thought (age 32) Kintzler surviving even April as the Twins closer considering he was a horrible strikeout pitcher which almost never works in the ninth inning.  However Kintzler got the last laugh as he pitched to a 2.78 ERA and successfully nailed down 28 saves for a contending team.  The 5.36 K/9 was brutal and laughable when you consider he was closing games but Kintzler made it work through superb control (2.18 BB/9) and keeping the ball in the park (0.60).  Now he faces uncertainty moving to a Washington bullpen that also has past closers and recent trade adds Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle.  Doolittle has gotten the majority of save chances since coming to the team with Madson (including a scoreless one Monday night) but Kintzler might very well claim it given his longer run closing games this season.  So Kintzler owners need not panic yet over the move until we see how this plays out.  Meanwhile both Matt Belisle and Trevor Rogers pitched setup innings last night for Minny and Trevor Hildenberger came on in the ninth and tenth and recorded a blistering 5 K's so he is the guy I would add.  

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