By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Washington Nationals are getting better on Monday night. They are close to acquiring Kansas City Royals closer Kelvin Herrera.
According to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, the Royals are expected to get several minor leaguers in the deal. They sent infielder Kelvin Gutierrez, outfielder Blake Perkins, and right-handed pitcher Yohanse Morel to Kansas City.
He has converted 14 of 16 saves this season. He also has a 1.05 ERA.
Herrera, who will be 29-years-old on December 31st, 2018, spent his entire career with the Royals before Monday’s trade. So far, ERA-wise he is having the best season of his career.
This season, he is 1-1 with the aforementioned 1.05 ERA through 27 games. He has finished 21 games and saved 14 through 25 2/3 innings. He allowed just 19 hits and three runs, while striking out 22 and walking 2.
In his eight-year career, he is 23-27 with a 2.75 ERA with 138 games finished and 57 games over 442 appearances. He also has struck out 438 and walked 128 over 441 1/3 innings.
He is a two-time All-Star. Herrera also helped guide the Royals to the World Series Championship over the New York Mets in 2015.
In order to take this gamble, as Herrera can be a free agent this winter if the two sides cannot agree to a deal, the Nationals had to part with their No. 10 and No. 11-best prospects, according to MLB Pipeline.
The Nationals bullpen already has Sean Doolittle, Ryan Madson, and Brandon Kintzler. And with the addition of Herrera, their pen is going to be even more dynamic for the summer months, along with the fall. Doolittle has been Washington’s closer this season with a 1.37 ERA with 18 saves in 19 opportunities.
Herrera spent the last two seasons as the Royals closer.