WASHINGTON — The Nationals have acquired left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski from the Oakland Athletics, the organization announced on Thursday.
Washington sends shortstop prospect Max Schrock, a 13th-round pick in 2015, to Oakland in the deal. Schrock hit .333 with nine home runs, 68 RBI and drew 31 walks between Class-A affiliates Potomac and Hagerstown in 2016.
Rzepczynski brings a 3.00 ERA to the Nationals and has 37 strikeouts and a 1.72 WHIP in 56 appearances over 36 innings in 2016. He’s held opponents scoreless in 15 of his last appearances and has a 70.5 percent ground-ball rate, second-best in baseball behind Orioles closer Zach Britton.
The Nationals, in search of lefty relief to bolster an already ailing bullpen, have now acquired two left-handed relievers in the past week. Last week, they added veteran lefty reliever Sean Burnett, assigning him to Class-AAA affiliate Syracuse.
Rzepczynski is under contract through the end of 2016, according to Spotrac.com.