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Nationals acquire Marc Rzepczynski from Athletics

Please don’t make me type that last name again.

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The Nationals have acquired left-handed relief pitcher Marc Rzepczynski and cash from the Athletics in exchange for Max Schrock. The Athletics’ twitter account confirmed the news Thursday morning.

The 30-year old reliever has appeared in 56 games for the A’s this season, pitching 36 innings and has allowed just one home run. With that small of a workload per appearance, one would assume Rzepczynski was being used only as a LOOGY. However, he has faced 89 left-handed batters and 80 right-handed batters for a pretty even split. Furthermore, Rzepczynski has posted more success against righties this season. That isn’t in line with his career norm and could easily be an outlier, as Rzepczynski’s strikeout rates are much better against lefties.

The Nationals will be Rzepcynski’s sixth team of his career and he will join a faltering bullpen. Over the last seven days, only the newly acquired Mark Melancon has not allowed an earned run. During that time frame, the Nationals’ bullpen has pitched 21.2 innings and allowed 18 total runs—13 of which were earned while blowing two saves.

In exchange, the Athletics have acquired minor league second baseman, Max Schrock. The 21-year old was selected by the Nationals in the 13th round of the 2015 draft. In 241 plate appearances with High-A Potomac this season, Schrock has slashed an impressive .341/.373/.454 with five home runs and just 21 strikeouts. He earned a promotion from Class-A Hagerstown earlier this season, and seems to be producing above the High-A level as well.