Nats get Bar­r­a­clough in slot al­lot­ment

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Righthanded re­liever Kyle Bar­r­a­clough was ac­quired by Washington from Mi­ami on Wed­nes­day in the Na­tion­als’ first off­sea­son move to re­build their bullpen.

Washington sent the Mar­lins $1 mil­lion in international slot al­lot­ment as part of the deal.

Bar­r­a­clough went 1-6 with 4.20 ERA and 10 saves in 17 chances dur­ing 61 ap­pear­ances this year. He al­lowed one hit in 36 at-bats in June, when he was cho­sen NL re­liever of the month, but strug­gled with his com­mand the rest of the sea­son.

Bar­r­a­clough’s ERA bal­looned to 10.24 over his fi­nal 24 games and he lost the Mar­lins closer’s job. His fast­ball aver­age ve­loc­ity dropped from 96.5 mph in 2016 to 94 mph this year.

He has a 3.21 ca­reer ERA with 279 strike­outs and 134 walks in 218 2/3 in­nings over four sea­sons, all with Mi­ami.

Washington gen­eral man­ager Mike Rizzo is in need of re­liev­ers af­ter jet­ti­son­ing Shawn Kel­ley and Bran­don Kint­zler late this sea­son.

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