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Source: Red Sox deal that fell through would've been for Nationals reliever Kelvin Herrera

John Tomase
July 31, 2018 - 5:15 pm

Dave Dombrowsk told reporters after Tuesday afternoon's trade deadline that he nearly completed a deal for a reliever on Monday night. According to's Rob Bradford, that pitcher was Washington's Kelvin Herrera.

The former Royals closer, who won a World Series as a setup man with a dominating postseason in 2015, was traded to Washington last month before the Nationals' season took a turn for the worse. With rumors swirling that Washington could deal superstar Bryce Harper, Nats management briefly considered a tear-down before deciding to stick with the current roster and see if it can improve on its disappointing 52-53 record.

"It didn't necessarily fall apart," Dombrowski said. "It was more that the club shifted directions. They thought they were going to move somebody, and then decided to change their mind. It was a discussion for a reliever. It was one of the few guys we put in that position that we thought would be an upgrade for us."

Herrera definitely would've been an upgrade. The two-time All-Star has extensive setup experience, and he owned a 1.05 ERA with the Royals before the June deal to the Nationals. He's 2-2 with a 2.06 ERA overall this season.