Colorado Rockies: The Washington Nationals could be a trade partner
The Washington Nationals were expected to run away with the National League East under the tutelage of rookie manager Dave Martinez. However, they enter Saturday only one game above .500 as they have dealt with managerial mishaps, injuries, and players who haven’t performed up to their standard.
With that, the Nationals may decide that before Tuesday’s trade deadline that they may decide sell, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic in this article (subscription required).
If the Nationals do decide to sell before the trade deadline, they have some players that they may look to trade and many of which could be of interest to the Rockies.
Brandon Kintzler is a reliever that the Rockies have expressed interest in before. In fact, just last year on July 31, we discussed about the possibility of Kintzler coming to Denver in a trade and, this offseason, the team was interested in signing him as we discussed just before last Thanksgiving so it would not be a stretch to say that they would still be interested in trading for him.
In 2018, he has an ERA of 3.67 in 44 appearances with two saves. Her ERA+ is 117, his WHIP is 1.200, a 2.58:1 strikeout to walk ratio, and his FIP is better than his ERA as it is 3.38.
He is owed about $2 million for the rest of the season and his contract has a team option for next year for $10 million. If that is not exercised, though, Kintzler, who turns 34 on Wednesday, would have the option to exercise an option for $5 million or decline that to become a free agent.