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Nationals deal for Royals closer Herrera

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WASHINGTON (AP) Getting a jump on the trade deadline to add talent to the back of their bullpen, the Washington Nationals picked up right-hander Kelvin Herrera from the Kansas City Royals on Monday for three minor leaguers.

The Nationals sent infielder Kelvin Gutierrez, outfielder Blake Perkins and 17-year-old pitcher Yohanse Morel to Kansas City in the deal announced during Washington's doubleheader against the New York Yankees.

Herrera has 14 saves and a 1.05 ERA this season. He's allowed three earned runs in 25 2/3 innings while striking out 22 batters and walking two.

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AL Saves
Rank Name Svs
1 E. Díaz, Sea27
2 C. Kimbrel, Bos22
3 A. Chapman, NYY20
4 S. Greene, Det19
5t K. Kela, Tex15
5t F. Rodney, Min15
5t B. Treinen, Oak15
8t C. Allen, Cle14
8t K. Herrera, KC14
10 A. Colomé, Sea12
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NL Saves
Rank Name Svs
1 B. Hand, SD21
2 W. Davis, Col20
3t S. Doolittle, Was17
3t K. Jansen, LAD17
5t B. Boxberger, Ari16
5t B. Morrow, ChC16
7 A. Vizcaíno, Atl15
8 J. Familia, NYM14
9t B. Norris, StL13
9t H. Strickland, SF13
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