The Nationals have agreed to a minor league deal with left-handed reliever Josh Edgin, as noted on MLB.com’s transactions log and as tweeted by the team’s Triple-A play-by-play announcer, Eric Gallanty. The longtime Mets reliever recently opted out of his minor league deal with the Orioles.
Edgin, 31, missed the 2015 season and the bulk of the 2016 campaign due to Tommy John surgery, but his lengthy run in the Mets’ bullpen should make him a familiar face to most Nats fans. The southpaw held a relief role with the Mets from 2012-17 and has a career 3.49 ERA with 8.1 K/9, 3.6 BB/9, 0.9 HR/9 and a 45.1 percent ground-ball rate in 129 big league innings.
Last season, Edgin tossed a career-high 37 innings for the Mets and posted a 3.65 ERA that’s right in line with his career mark, though his strikeout and walk rates weren’t as sharp as they were prior to his surgery. In those 37 frames, he averaged just 6.6 K/9 against an elevated 4.4 BB/9 with an average fastball velocity of 91.3 mph, which checks in more than a full mile per hour south of his peak pre-surgery levels.
The Nationals recently selected the contract of veteran lefty Tim Collins from Triple-A, giving them another southpaw option to pair with the heavily used Sammy Solis in the MLB bullpen but also leaving their Syracuse affiliate with an entirely right-handed relief corps. Edgin will give the Chiefs a much-needed lefty option and will give the Nats another depth piece to consider in the event of an injury to either Solis or Collins.