By: Ethan Cushman
Orlin Wagner / Associated Press
On Monday June 18 the Nationals made a move to bolster their bullpen by traded for Royals closer Kelvin Herrera. Last year the Nationals also added to the bullpen in the middle of the year by adding Brandon Kintzler Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle. But this year Madson and Kintzler have struggled as Madsen has posted a 4.56 ERA but has a decent 1.49 FIP. Kinzler has a 4.45 ERA. Herrera has been as good as it gets this year with a miniscule 1.08 era. It also helps that Herrera has world series experience. He is a winning player which will help a team who has been meemed about not being able to do anything in the playoffs.
Who did the Nats give up? They gave up solid prospects but nothing spectacular. They gave up infielder Kelvin gutierrez and outfielder Blake Perkins there 10 and 11 best prospects according to mlb.com as well as RHP Yohanse Morel. But, Herrera is on the last year of his contract, and is a rental for The Nats, which diminishes his value.