Kelvin Herrera traded to Washington Nationals from Kansas City Royals

Annette Crawford
June 19, 2018

Seeking to bolster their bullpen with another proven late-inning reliever, the Nationals have finalized a deal for Royals closer Kevin Herrera, the club announced this evening.

The three prospects include infielder Kelvin Gutierrez, Minor League outfielder Blake Perkins and Minor League right-handed pitcher Yohanse Morel. "Sean Doolittle has shined in his first full season as the Nationals" closer, since coming over in a trade last July with the A's.

The addition of Herrera, an All-Star with the Royals in 2015 and "16, turns an already solid Nationals bullpen into an intimidating force".

Washington (38-31) is now only three games behind the young Braves in the National League East, but entered Monday on a three-game losing streak.

Herrera has 14 saves and a 1.05 ERA this season for the Royals, striking out 22 in 25 2/3 innings while walking just two batters. The two-time All-Star for his career owns an ERA+ of 153 across parts of eight big-league seasons, all with Kansas City.

Though they gave up three players to acquire Herrera, the Nationals were able to avoid giving up any of their elite prospects, such as Juan Soto, Victor Robles or Carter Kieboom.

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