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Washington Nationals reportedly sign Tony Sipp; Nats add veteran lefty to bullpen mix on major league deal...

Veteran Tony Sipp was still out there looking for a deal and the Washington Nationals apparently decided they could use another left-hander in their bullpen mix.

MLB: Spring Training-Washington Nationals at Houston Astros Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Washington’s decision to release left-hander Sammy Solis (after avoiding arbitration and signing him to a 1-year/$850,000 deal this winter) left them with two left-handed relievers on their 40-Man roster: closer Sean Doolittle, and left-hander Matt Grace, and one other left-hander in camp this Spring, veteran Vidal Nuño, who has impressed the Nationals’ second-year manager Davey Martinez.

“What I like about [Nuño] is that he’s got a little funk to him,” Martinez told reporters this past weekend, as quoted by Washington Post writer Jesse Dougherty.

“His ball, all of a sudden, comes out of nowhere and it is on top of you. And for a left-handed hitter, facing a lefty, that’s pretty tough.”

Martinez was talking up Nuño after he was asked a question about the Nationals potentially adding another left-hander to the bullpen mix as they prepare for the start of the season.

The WaPost beat reporter mentioned in the article that the Nationals had, “recently inquired about veteran lefty reliever Tony Sipp, according to a person with knowledge of Sipp’s free agency,” before adding that, “... it wasn’t with any pressing interest.”

This morning, however, according to multiple reports, the Nationals have signed Sipp to a 1-year/$1M major league deal, with a mutual option for 2020.

Sipp is a 35-year-old, 10-year veteran coming off an ‘18 campaign in Houston which saw him put up a 1.86 ERA, a 2.41 FIP, 13 walks (3.03 BB/9), 42 Ks (9.78 K/9), and a .197/.272/.311 line against in 38 23 IP, with a .188/.263/.294 line against left-handers and a .206/.280/.328 line against vs right-handed hitters for the Astros.

So with the three left-handers (Doolittle, Grace, and Sipp), right-handers Trevor Rosenthal, Kyle Barraclough, and Justin Miller (who is going to make the bullpen if healthy according to Martinez), and ... Wander Suero(?), is the Nationals’ Opening Day bullpen pretty much set?

Will it be a different mix at first if Sipp needs extra time to get ready for the regular season?

And does this end all the speculation about the Nationals as a potential suitor for free agent reliever Craig Kimbrel?