Rzepczyn­ski trade boosts Nats pen

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The Na­tion­als ac­quired re­liever Marc Rzepczyn­ski from the A’s, giv­ing the Na­tional League East lead­ers an­other lefty in the bullpen.

The A’s also sent $500,000 to be paid Sept. 30 to the Na­tion­als for mi­nor-league in­fielder Max Schrock.

The Na­tion­als have re­shaped their re­lief corps in the last month. They added closer Marc Me­lan­con, traded Felipe Rivero, cut Jonathan Papel­bon and put Sammy So­lis on the dis­abled list with shoul­der in­flam­ma­tion.

The 30-year-old Rzepczyn­ski is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERAin 56 games this sea­son, and has struck out 37 bat­ters in 36 in­nings of work.

“It’s a nec­es­sary move be­cause we only have one left-han­der,” Na­tion­als man­ager Dusty Baker said of his bullpen. “His stats and his track record are pretty good, and I think he can help us.”

Rzepczyn­ski joins Oliver Perez as left­ies in the Na­tion­als bullpen.

Rzepczyn­ski joins the sixth team of his ma­jor-league ca­reer, hav­ing pre­vi­ously pitched for the Blue Jays, Car­di­nals, In­di­ans and Padres. Rzepczyn­ski joined the A’s in De­cem­ber when the Padres traded him and Yon­der Alonso for Drew Pomer­anz, Jose Tor­res and other con­sid­er­a­tions.

Rzepczyn­ski has pitched in 18 post­sea­son games and helped the Car­di­nals win the World Se­ries in 2011.

He had pitched well against left­ies most of his ca­reer, but has strug­gled this sea­son and has been bet­ter against right­ies. His 70.5 per­cent ground-ball rate is sec­ond best in the ma­jors this sea­son be­hind Ori­oles closer Zach Brit­ton.

The 21-year-old Schrock was a 13th-round pick in 2015. He’s hit a com­bined .333 with nine home runs, 68 RBIs and 22 stolen bases at two Class A lev­els.

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