Nats trade for third reliever of the day, get Strickland from Mariners

The Nationals have acquired RHP Hunter Strickland from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for minor-leaguer Aaron Fletcher, first reported by Mark Feinsand of

This deal could be combined with the Nationals already-reported deal for Roenis Elias, says Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

From postseason antics to a bases-clearing brawl, Nats fans know Strickland well. It has been an injury-filled season for the 25-year-old, who was on the IL since March 30 prior to returning on July 28.

Fletcher, 23,  has a 1.79 ERA in 32 games at three separate levels out of the bullpen. The lefty was a 14th round draft pick in 2018.

Strickland, like previous acquisition Roenis Elias, is under team control until 2022. In four healthy seasons prior, he has amassed seasons of 2.45, 3.10, 2.64 and 3.97 ERAs. His K/9 lies right around 8.5. He gives up few home runs. I say this all to indicate that he should be a bullpen fixture for years to come.

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