Left-handed reliever Tony Sipp agreed to a one-year deal worth up to $1.25 million with the Washington Nationals. Sipp's deal includes a mutual option for 2020 and gives the Nationals a third left-hander in the bullpen to counter a division loaded with mashing lefties -- Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper included.
"He's been a guy we've identified and we think is a really good value for us," said Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo, according to the Washington Post. "It was time for him to sign and we have opportunities for him. This is one of the places he wanted to be. He has a chance to win and he's been used to that." Sipp posted a 1.86 ERA in 38 2/3 innings with the Houston Astros in 2018 and fills the bullpen vacancy created when the Nationals cut Sammy Solis, another lefty specialist, last week.
(With inputs from agencies.)