Washington citizens backed their Bullers ahead of Wednesday's trade deadline by acquiring right-hander Daniel Hudson of the Toronto Blue Jays and Roenis Elias and Hunter Strickland of the Seattle Mariners, according to ESPN's Jeff Pasan sources.
Bulpen entered Wednesday, ranked last in the majors with a 5.97 ERA and had blown out 20 saves tied for third highest.
Although Washington releases have done better recently, posting a 4.76 EPA in July, general manager Mike Rizzo wanted to back himself up.
Going into Wednesday's games, the Nationals are 5 1/2 games behind Atlanta Braves in NL East. They are half a game in front of the Cubs and Phillies for the best spot for bouncing cards.
Toronto gets right prospect Kyle Johnston from the Nationals. He is 9-9 with a 4.03 EPA in 20 starts at Class A this season. TSN first announces the trade.
It is reported that the Mariners receive three promising prospects from the Nationals – RHP Elvis Alvarado, LHP Taylor Guilbeau and LHP Aaron Fletcher – in exchange for Elias and Strickland.
On June 23, Washington released the unsuccessful signature of free agent Trevor Rosenthal, who posted a 22.74 EPA with the team. Two days later, Nats called out 42-year-old Fernando Rodney, who was released from Oakland earlier this season.
Rodney has since emerged as the main man for tuning the nearest Sean Doolittle.
Hudson, 32, was spotted leaving the Blue Jays' bumpers and hugging teammates before heading to the clubhouse during Wednesday's game in Kansas City. He is 6-3 this season with 2 saves, 48 strikeouts and a 3.00 ERA, his lowest mark since posting a 2.45 ERA on 95 1/3 innings in 2010.
Currently The Blue Jays are without closer Ken Giles, who received a cortisone shot to treat mild inflammation in his right elbow. Joe Biagini may be the next one to go after the Bullers, though Tim Maise and Justin Schaefer have managed to get into late and close situations and can enter any possible committee.
Elias, a left-hander who avoided arbitration by signing a one-year deal with the Mariners earlier this season, had a 4.40 ERA with 14 saves and 45 hits in 47 innings.
The Strickland Right, who recently returned from the 60-Day Injury List (Lat), has a career 2.98 ERA with 214 tackles in 229 1/3 innings.
In 2017 with the Giants, Strickland made headlines when he hit then – The Nationals hammered Bryce Harper on the hip with a 98 mph fastball that triggered an accident with the clearing of benches. Strickland first clashed with Harper after Harper hit two home runs in the 2014 National League Division Series.
Strickland was stopped by six Major League Baseball games for his role in the brawl, which ended with him being dragged into the Giants dugout by several of his teammates.
Eddie Matz contributed to this report.