The Nationals have acquired RHP Hunter Strickland from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for minor-leaguer Aaron Fletcher, first reported by Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.
The Nationals have acquired Hunter Strickland from the Mariners for Aaron Fletcher, per sources. Deal is pending physicals.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) July 31, 2019
This deal could be combined with the Nationals already-reported deal for Roenis Elias, says Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2019
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.