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Nationals complete $10M, 2-year deal to keep Kintzler

  • FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 file photo, Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (21) throws during the sixth inning in Game 5 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Chicago Cubs, at Nationals Park in Washington. Brandon Kintzler and the Nationals have finalized a 10 million, two-year contract that keeps the relief in Washington. Kintzler will earn 5 million next year under the deal announced Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) Alex Brandon


Associated Press
Friday, December 22, 2017

WASHINGTON – Brandon Kintzler and the Nationals have finalized a $10 million, two-year contract that keeps the relief pitcher in Washington.

Kintzler will earn $5 million next year under the deal announced Thursday. The Nationals have a $10 million option for 2019, and if that is declined Kintzler has a $5 million player option.

The 33-year-old right-hander went 2-1 with a 3.46 ERA, 10 holds and a save in 27 games with the Nationals after they acquired him from Minnesota at the July 31 trade deadline. Kintzler had 28 saves in 32 chances for the Twins and was a first-time AL All-Star.

Kintzler has 46 saves and a 3.26 ERA in 297 major league games with Milwaukee (2010-15), Minnesota and Washington.