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Brandon Kintzler | Relief Pitcher | #21

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (33) / 8/1/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 191
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Dixie State
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 40 (0) / SD
Contract: view contract details

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Brandon Kintzler earned his first save of the season Monday in the Nationals' defeat of the Pirates.
Sean Doolittle had worked three days straight, so Kintzler got the call in this one. The veteran setup man worked a 1-2-3 inning to preserve Washington's 3-2 lead, inducing a pop-out and two groundouts. Apr 30 - 9:55 PM

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Nationals re-signed RHP Brandon Kintzler to a two-year, $10 million contract.

The financial details are a little complicated on this one. Kintzler is guaranteed $10 million, but there are competing options for 2019 -- either a $10 million club option that the Nats can choose to exercise or a $5 million player option if the club option is not picked up. If fully maximized, performance incentives included, the deal could be worth a total of $16 million. Kintzler, 33, posted a 2.61 ERA in 76 appearances between the Twins and Nationals in 2017 and will return to a setup role with Washington for the 2018 campaign.
Thu, Dec 21, 2017 02:55:00 PM

Brandon Kintzler has agreed to a two-year free agent contract with the Nationals, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Kintzler finished the 2017 season in Washington and will return to a setup role with the defending NL East champs after fielding interest from several other teams this winter -- some of whom might have given him a chance to close. His new agreement with the Nats carries a $10 million guarantee and it can jump to $16 million if certain incentives are reached and an option is exercised, per USA Today's Bob Nightengale. Kintzler owns a sharp 3.08 ERA in 125 2/3 innings since the beginning of the 2016 campaign, though the 33-year-old right-hander has never generated many swing-and-misses.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 01:30:00 AM

LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the Twins have met with the representatives for Brandon Kintzler and Juan Nicasio.

The Twins are obviously very familiar with Kintzler, who Neal writes is "very open to a return." The 33-year-old served as Minnesota's closer this past season before being traded to the Nationals at the July 31 deadline. Nicasio doesn't have as much closing experience as Kintzler, but he put up an excellent 2.61 ERA in 76 appearances this past season. The back-end of the Twins' bullpen is unsettled, so either of these pitchers could end up saving games.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 02:19:00 PM

Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals have expressed interest in retaining free agent reliever Brandon Kintzler.

Kintzler posted a 3.46 ERA in 27 appearances after being acquired from the Twins at the trade deadline. The Nationals haven't ruled out bringing him back, but he's drawn interest from other teams (the Cubs, Rangers, and Cardinals among them) and might find a more appealing situation elsewhere. As of now, the Nationals appear prepared to enter 2018 with Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle as their late-innings combo.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 02:25:00 PM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Cubs have shown interest in free agent reliever Brandon Kintzler.

Morosi also mentioned the Cardinals and Rockies as possible suitors for Kintzler last month. The 33-year-old right-hander began the 2017 season as the Twins' closer and finished it in a setup role with the Nationals, posting a 3.03 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 71 1/3 innings between the two stops. Kintzler doesn't miss many bats, but he figures to land a multi-year contract this winter given the number of teams seeking relief help.
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 07:24:00 PM's Jon Morosi reports that the Cardinals and Rockies are showing interest in Brandon Kintzler.

He could potentially close for either team, depending on what other bullpen pieces they might bring in. Kintzler saved 29 games while posting a 3.03 ERA for the Twins and Nationals this past season while making his first All-Star team. He doesn't miss bats, which is a big reason why many clubs would probably prefer him as a setup man, but he could be a fallback option for the ninth inning in a lot of places.
Sun, Nov 19, 2017 08:50:00 AM

The Pioneer Press's Mike Berardino reports that the Twins have expressed interest in bringing back free agent Brandon Kintzler.

That makes plenty of sense; Kintzler did a great job for the Twins before being sent to the Nationals at the deadline and he'll be quite a bit more affordable than the top closers on the market. The Nationals could also attempt to retain him, and several contenders could pursue him as a setup man.
Thu, Nov 9, 2017 05:53:00 PM

Brandon Kintzler allowed four runs in 2/3 of an inning in a loss to the Pirates on Saturday.

Making likely his final appearance before the postseason, the 33-year-old endured easily his worst appearance as a Nat, and possibly his worst outing all season. The Bucs got to him for three singles, which produced a run and tied the game, before Max Moroff's bases-loaded triple did the big damage. Kintzler has been much better overall, posting a 3.03 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 72 appearances.
Sat, Sep 30, 2017 10:45:00 PM

Brandon Kinzler gave up two hits, but didn't allow a run and picked up his first save of the season in a victory over the Mets on Sunday.

It's Kintzler's first save since July 28 when he was a member of the Twins. He did get into trouble in his first opportunity, as the Mets had runners at second-and-third with one out, but he got Matt Reynolds and Nori Aoki to ground out weakly to avoid any damage. He'll likely go back to pitching in high-leverage -- but not save -- situations going forward.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017 04:24:00 PM

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo wouldn't name a closer Monday following the addition of Brandon Kintzler.

Kintzler holds a 2.98 ERA with 45 saves over the last two seasons, but he's not your typical closer since he's a pitch-to-contact guy. He could still wind up with the job, but Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson are in the running, as well. The Nationals will use the next two months to determine who will handle the ninth inning for them in the postseason.
Mon, Jul 31, 2017 05:33:00 PM

Nationals acquired RHP Brandon Kintzler from the Twins for LHP Tyler Watson and $500,000 in international spending money.

After acquiring Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson from the Athletics earlier this month, the Nationals saved one more move for Monday's trade deadline. Kintzler isn't a strikeout pitcher (5.4 K/9) this season, but he owns a 2.99 ERA over the last two seasons and does a good job keeping the ball on the ground. He was the closer with the Twins, but it's unclear how the Nationals plan to deploy him. He's set to become a free agent this winter. Taylor Rogers or Matt Belisle could slide into ninth-inning duties with Minnesota.
Mon, Jul 31, 2017 04:50:00 PM

Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals have acquired Brandon Kintzler from the Twins.

The Nationals got the deal done just before 4 p.m. ET. No word yet on the pieces going back to Minnesota. Kintzler is yet another late-inning option for Washington. The 32-year-old owns a 2.78 ERA in 45 appearances this season, though he doesn't have the typical swing-and-miss stuff you look for in a closer. It's unclear how he'll be used in Washington. As for the Twins, they could end up in a committee approach. Matt Belisle is the most experienced name in the group, but the situation figures to be fluid.
Mon, Jul 31, 2017 04:07:00 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Twins "have fielded a lot of calls" on Brandon Kintzler.

Kintzler is a fit for just about every contending team as a bullpen rental. The 32-year-old impending free agent has registered a 2.78 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 45 1/3 innings this season while racking up 28 saves. There's known to be serious interest from the Diamondbacks, Nationals, Rockies, and Rays.
Mon, Jul 31, 2017 12:05:00 PM

Brandon Kintzler picked up his 28th save of the season courtesy of scoreless ninth inning in Friday's win over the A's.

Kintzler had surrendered four runs in his last two appearances (1 2/3 innings), but while he did walk Bruce Maxwell to lead off the ninth inning on Friday, he did not let history repeat itself and closed out the rest of the frame without issue, helping the Twins to secure a 6-3 win. Kintzler is a name to watch as a trade candidate over the next three days. He is pitching to a 2.78 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 27/11 K/BB ratio in 45 1/3 innings this season and has converted 28-of-32 save opportunities on the year.
Sat, Jul 29, 2017 02:02:00 AM

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