Nationals choose Blake Treinen as new closer

By Alec Brzezinski 31 March 2017
Nationals choose Blake Treinen as new closer

Nationals manager Dusty Baker finally decided on a new closer.

After losing Mark Melancon to the Giants during free agency, Washington had been on an adventure to find a new closer. Trading for a star was an option, but ultimately the Nationals picked someone already on the roster.

Baker announced Thursday that Blake Treinen will be the team's last line of defense to win close games this season.

Treinen, 28, went 4-1 with a sterling 2.28 ERA and 1.22 WHIP last season as a reliever for the Nationals. In his three seasons in MLB, he has a 2.91 ERA.

During a spring competition, Treinen beat out Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover, who looked to be the favorite at one point.

Blessed with a great power sinker, Treinen will be an intriguing fantasy baseball asset for managers while he holds the closer's role.

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