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Nationals Exercise Option on Sean Doolittle

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The Washington Nationals have formally announced their decision to exercise the $16 million club option on left handed hurler Sean Doolittle, according to the Washington Post’s Chelsea Janes.

Doolittle had a career year in 2018 as the primary closer for the Nats, posting an impressive 1.60 ERA over 45 innings in the key role, with 25 saves that are highlighted by a jaw dropping 60-to-6 K/BB ratio over that span of time.

Doolittle was easily one of the league’s best this season, so the move is a no brainer for Washington.

 

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Clint Hurdle Retires From Managing

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Longtime manager Clint Hurdle, who was recently dismissed as the manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, has announced his retirement from managing.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Jason Mackey, Hurdle, 62, may be done managing but he has spoken with organizations about front-office possibilities.

Along with the Pirates, Hurdle has managed the Colorado Rockies as well.

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Cardinals Re-Sign Adam Wainwright

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The St. Louis Cardinals have re-signed veteran right hander Adam Wainwright, according to an official team announcement.

Wainwright’s new deal is for one-year, but the value of the deal is not currently known.

Wainwright, 38, pitched to the tune of a 4.19 ERA last season.

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Nationals Interested In Josh Donaldson

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The World Series Champion Washington Nationals are looking to improve their championship roster this offseason and have a certain slugger in mind as they gear up for the winter.

According to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, the Nationals are one of six teams showing early interest in free agent Josh Donaldson.

Along with the Nationals, the Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies, and Atlanta Braves are all interested in the veteran third baseman.

Donaldson posted a slash line of .259/.379/.521 with 37 home runs last season for the Braves.

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