Nationals sign reliever Shawn Kelley
As many reporters have speculated throughout the day, the Nationals have reached agreement on a contract with free agent reliever Shawn Kelley. MLB.com’s William Ladson says a pre-signing physical is scheduled for later this week.
Kelley posted an outstanding 2.45 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 63/15 K/BB ratio across 51 1/3 innings of relief this past season for the Padres. The 31-year-old right-hander will likely operate as a setup man in Washington for Drew Storen and closer Jonathan Papelbon.