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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Brandon Kintzler takes shot at Nationals a year after bizarre trade

Brandon Kintzler

The Washington Nationals made some bold moves to try to correct a perceived culture problem last season, and it’s safe to say that not every one has ultimately made the team better.

One of those moves was dealing relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler to the Chicago Cubs. It came in spite of the fact that the Nationals weren’t actively selling and Kintzler had been a fairly solid reliever for them. The deal stunned Kintzler, and the Nationals effectively blamed him for leaking negative information to the media, which he denied.

Just under a year later, Kintzler has found success with the Cubs, and it’s safe to say he doesn’t have many warm feelings for his former employers.

“I know they got the worst bullpen in baseball,” Kintzler said, via Patrick Mooney of The Athletic. “So I’ll just leave it at that.”

By ERA, Kintzler is correct, with the Nationals harboring an awful 6.77 bullpen ERA. They also booted their pitching coach scarcely a month into the season, and only five teams have worse overall records. It’s safe to say Kintzler has had the last laugh here and finds himself in a much better position now.

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