The Nationals have added to their bullpen by dealing international bonus pool money to the Miami Marlins for RP Kyle Barraclough.

This deal works for both teams. The Nats upgrade the bullpen. The Marlins get money to help them sign the Mesa brothers, the Cuban defectors. And the Nationals are limited to only $300K in international spending this offseason, so they're essentially sending money they can't use.

Good deal for both sides, IMO.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/10/nationals-acquire-kyle-barraclough.html

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The Nationals announced that they have acquired reliever Kyle Barraclough in a trade with the Marlins. An unknown amount of international bonus availability will head to Miami in the swap.

This transaction comes as a surprise, though the timing may well be explained by the Marlins’ well-known efforts to land top Cuban prospect Victor Victor Mesa. This’ll pad the team’s bonus coffers as it pursues Mesa — also a reputed target of the Orioles — and other talented amateur players who hail from outside of North America.

For the Nats, meanwhile, the move slots in a high-powered relief arm at a palatable price. The club was barred from spending more than $300K on the current international market regardless. And Barraclough projects to earn only $1.9MM in his first trip through arbitration.


0bama lies, Granny dies.