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Report: Nationals sign reliever Brandon Kintzler to two-year deal

Minnesota Twins v Cleveland Indians

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 25: Closing pitcher Brandon Kintzler #27 of the Minnesota Twins celebrates after the Twins defeated the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on June 25, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Twins defeated the Indians 4-0 to sweep the three game series. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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Both a Kinsler and a Kintzler made headlines at the Winter Meetings. After the Angels acquired second baseman Ian Kinsler from the Tigers, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Nationals have inked reliever Brandon Kintzler to a two-year contract, pending a physical. Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the deal is worth $10 million and includes a third-year option worth $6 million.

Kintzler, 33, spent the latter half of his 2017 campaign with the Nationals after the Twins traded him. Between both clubs, he put up an aggregate 3.03 ERA with 29 saves and a 39/16 K/BB ratio in 71 1/3 innings.

Sean Doolittle will handle save situations for the Nationals. Kintzler and Ryan Madson will bridge the gap to him in the seventh and eighth innings.

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