The Nationals have signed Tony Sipp, a much needed left-handed pitcher to a one-year deal MLB deal per Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
The deal is officially a one-year, $1.25 million contract that will include a $2.5 million mutual option for next season. The mutual option also includes a 250k buyout.
Sipp, a 35-year-old journeyman has seen success with the Astros but also his failures in the past with the Diamondbacks and the Indians.
Sipp will likely be used as a southpaw specialist in D.C. He held opposing left-handed hitters to a .188/.263/.294 batting line last year.
Last season Sipp was dominant posting a 1.86 ERA in 54 games. Sipp was also very successful in 2015 with a 1.99 ERA. His road to success came with many failures along the way including in 2016 and 2017 when he was blasted with a 4.95 ERA and a 5.79 ERA respectively.
Sipp broke in as a 25-year-old with the Indians in 2009 and pitched well for the organization in four seasons before a trade shipped him off to Arizona in 2013. Sipp pitched with Arizona in 2013 and was then traded again in 2014 to the Astros who he’s been with since.
The Nationals were on the market for a left-handed reliever after the team released 2009 second round pick, Sammy Solis, this past weekend.
The team only owes Solis $141k of his $850k arbitration agreement.