Report: Nationals, Sipp agree to 1-year deal

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The Washington Nationals have agreed to a major-league deal with free-agent left-hander Tony Sipp, reports Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post.

Sipp's deal is for one year and $1 million with a mutual option for 2020 that includes a $250,000 buyout, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

The veteran southpaw joins a bullpen that has already added Trevor Rosenthal and Kyle Barraclough this offseason.

Nationals' projected bullpen - 2018 stats

PITCHER G IP ERA WHIP SO
Sean Doolittle 43 45 1.60 0.60 60
Trevor Rosenthal DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Kyle Barraclough 61 55.2 4.20 1.33 60
Tony Sipp 54 38.2 1.86 1.03 42
Justin Miller 51 52.1 3.61 1.13 60
Matt Grace 56 59.2 2.87 1.14 48
Wander Suero 40 47.2 3.59 1.22 47

The 35-year-old Sipp spent the past five seasons with the Houston Astros.

In 2018, he allowed 0.2 HR/9, the lowest mark of his career, while his 83.3 LOB percentage was the second-best result of an Astros reliever with at least 30 innings of work.

Over the course of his 10-year career, Sipp owns a 3.67 ERA and has struck out 9.6 hitters per nine innings while pitching for the Astros, Cleveland Indians, and Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Nationals have also been linked to free-agent closer Craig Kimbrel, but are reportedly unwilling to exceed the luxury-tax threshold to acquire him.

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