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Nationals acquire closer Kelvin Herrera from Royals

KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 15: Kelvin Herrera #40 of the Kansas City Royals pitches in the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Kauffman Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

The Washington Nationals announced Monday that the club has acquired right-handed pitcher Kelvin Herrera from the Kansas City Royals.

In return, the Royals will receive three minor league players: infielder Kelvin Gutierrez, outfielder Blake Perkins and right-hander Yohanse Morel. Though, Gutierrez had been on the Nationals’ 40-man roster.

Herrera, 28, has 14 saves and a 1.05 ERA so far in 2018. In 25 2/3 innings of work, the closer has struck out 22 batters and issued only two walks. Opponents are hitting just .207 against him.

Washington’s current closer, left-hander Sean Doolittle, has a 1.47 ERA and 18 saves on the season.

The Nationals are 3.5 games back from the National League East-leading Atlanta Braves.