Nationals trade reliever Kintzler to Cubs for minor leaguer

PITTSBURGH – The Washington Nationals have traded reliever Brandon Kintzler to the Chicago Cubs, exactly a yr after the right-hander moved in a single different deadline deal.

The NL Central-leading Cubs despatched minor league pitcher Jhon Romero inside the commerce launched decrease than an hour sooner than Tuesday’s deadline.

Kintzler, who turns 34 on Wednesday, was 1-2 with two saves and a 3.59 ERA in 45 video video games this season. He had been notably highly effective in 14 video video games since returning from the disabled guidelines from a strained forearm.

Kintzler was an All-Star nearer ultimate yr with Minnesota, then was traded on three weeks afterward July 31 to Washington. The Nationals constructed up the once more end of their bullpen in a postseason push, nonetheless have been crushed by the Cubs inside the NL Division Sequence.

The Nationals have been one recreation beneath .500 going into Tuesday.

Romero, a 23-year-old righty, was 1-2 with 9 saves and a 3.27 ERA at Class A Myrtle Seaside.

The Nationals moreover activated third baseman Anthony Rendon from the family medical depart guidelines. Rendon is hitting .284 with 15 home runs and 47 RBIs this yr.

To make room for Kintzler on the 40-man roster, the Cubs transferred righty Justin Hancock to the 60-day disabled guidelines.