Marlins Trade Pitcher Kyle Barraclough to Nationals

Kyle Barraclough. Photo by Mario Houben/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Miami Marlins decided to part ways with pitcher Kyle Barraclough, one of their best relievers, by trading him to the Washington Nationals. The Marlins received international slot value in exchange.

Both teams confirmed the deal on their social media.

Kyle Barraclough made his debut in the majors for Miami Marlins in 2015 and went on to play 227 games, having a career record of 15-12 with 3.21 ERA. Although Barraclough had flashes of excellent play in 2018, being named NL reliever of the month in June, he struggled later in the season which caused him to lose the job as Marlins’ closer. The 28-year-old finished the season with a 1-6 record, 4.20 ERA and 60 strikeouts.

During his four years with the Marlins, Barraclough had respectable numbers, going 15-12 and having 3.21 ERA, which makes him a great addition for Nationals’ depleted bullpen. Washington parted ways with Shawn Kelley and Brandon Kintzle late in the season, while closer Sean Doolittle and right-hander Kelvin Herrera struggled with injuries.

Miami Marlins, on the other side, will use this deal as a boost in their attempts to acquire top international prospect Victor Victor Mesa, the highly rated Cuban outfielder who recently tried out for Major League Baseball teams. While Marlins are considered slight favorites, they will face big competition for Mesa in Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays.