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Heyman | Speculating Nationals bullpen options

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The closer situation for the Washington Nationals remains rough, as Blake Treinen hasn’t continued to pitch like he did in spring. Some uniformed people preferred Koda Glover for the job in the first place, so that may be something to keep an eye on. Dusty Baker has said Shawn Kelley will also have closer duties as well, sharing them with Glover.

Chicago White Sox closer David Robertson makes more sense than ever, though as of the end of spring there had been no talks along these lines for a while. Robertson hasn’t allowed  run in six appearances (5.2 innings) with 11 strikeouts and four saves for the rebuilding ChiSox.

Another possibility could be Trevor Rosenthal. The Nationals have had luck with Scott Boras clients before, so perhaps he could be a fit (though he’s pitching so well lately, it’s doubtful the Cardinals would part with him at this point). He’s allowed one run in 3.1 innings with seven strikeouts and one save. He had a bit of a down year in 2016, finishing with a 4.46 ERA, but he was an All-Star in 2015 and saved 48 games.

The Nats wouldn’t do a trade of Victor Robles for Alex Colome, but perhaps there’s a deal to be had with Washington and Brad Boxberger once he returns from his lat injury. Boxberger is a Scott Boras client, and they occasionally find a home in Washington. He’s yet to pitch this season and battled injuries in 2016, but he too was an All-Star in 2015. He saved 41 games that season.

The Nationals’ bullpen has already blown three saves on the season.

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