Nationals choose Blake Treinen as new closer

Washington has selected Blake Treinen as the new closer after a spring competition.

Nationals manager Dusty Baker finally decided on a new closer.

After losing MarkMelancon to the Giants during free agency, Washington had been on an adventure to find a new closer. Trading for a star was an option, but ultimately the Nationals picked someone already on the roster.

Baker announced Thursday thatBlake Treinen will be the team's last line of defense to win close games thisseason.

Treinen, 28, went 4-1 with a sterling 2.28 ERA and 1.22 WHIP last season as a reliever for the Nationals. In his three seasons in MLB, he has a 2.91 ERA.

During a spring competition, Treinen beat outShawn Kelley and Koda Glover, who looked to bethe favorite at one point.

Blessed with a great power sinker, Treinen will be an intriguingfantasy baseball asset for managers while he holds the closer's role.

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