WASHINGTON — Blake Treinen will be the Nationals’ closer when the 2017 season opens, manager Dusty Baker announced Thursday.
The role came down to Treinen, Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover, according to speculation around the team. Ultimately, Treinen got the job after pitching 4.2 innings and allowing just one hit in five Spring Training appearances. He didn’t allow a single run, he struck out eight batters and he saved both of his opportunities.
Just because Treinen got the closing job, however, doesn’t mean the other two will be uninvolved.
Kelley and Glover will likely share setup duties, at least to start the season. If Treinen struggles, Glover is likely the favorite to replace him, and there’s always the chance the Nationals will pursue a proven closer at the trade deadline.