Nationals add veteran reliever Jeremy Jeffress to bullpen


The Nationals have added yet another veteran reliever to their bullpen, agreeing to terms with right-handed reliever Jeremy Jeffress on Monday, Mark Zuckerman reports.

The 33-year-old has agreed to a minor league deal with the Nats and, according to Mark Feinsand, could earn as much as $2.5 million from the deal with incentives if he makes the Major League roster.

While Jeffress isn't quite the pitcher he was in 2018, when he made his first All-Star Game as the setup man in Milwaukee, he's coming off a solid 2020 campaign for the Cubs in which he posted a 1.54 ERA across 22 appearances (23.1 innings pitched) with eight successful saves out of 10 opportunities. He went 4-1 on the season with a 0.943 WHIP.

Washington has made a point to reshape its bullpen this offseason, also signing left-handed reliever Brad Hand, an accomplished closer who led the Majors with 16 saves for Cleveland in 2020. Factor in the return of Daniel Hudson, Tanner Rainey and Will Harris, and Washington has one of its strongest bullpens on paper in years.