In another last-minute move to shore up their bullpen, the Nationals traded Aaron Fletcher for Hunter Strickland of the Mariners, NBC Sports Washington's Todd Dybas confirms.
Before even throwing a single pitch for the Nationals, Strickland might already be a fan favorite. Once adversaries, Strickland and the Nationals share a mutual contempt towards Bryce Harper. Strickland plunked Harper in May 2017, inciting the helmet throw heard around the world.
Bryce Harper charges the mound after being hit by Hunter Strickland pic.twitter.com/vXB3TqOsCR— Rudy Gersten (@DCBarno) May 29, 2017
Strickland had been out since March due to a Grade 2 lat strain, but returned July 29 in impressive fashion. In the eighth inning against the Tigers, he needed only nine pitches to notch three outs.
If Strickland is thinking about changing his number as he changes teams, No. 34 is certainly available. In fact, some fans are clamoring for it.
Please let Hunter Strickland wear 34 in Washington— Trent (@TrentD1313) July 31, 2019
#nats make Strickland #34.— WNYSports&FoodFan (@avgeeklover) July 31, 2019
Strickland was a member of the 2014 Giants, who knocked the Nationals out of the playoffs and went on to win the World Series. Now, he'll be tasked with bolstering one of the worst bullpens in the MLB while in the middle of a postseason push.
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