The Washington Nationals today agreed to terms with right-handed reliever Todd Coffey on a one-year contract. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.
Coffey, 30, is 19-17 with 66 holds, 11 saves and a 4.15 ERA in 369 games spanning six seasons with Milwaukee and Cincinnati. A ground-ball pitcher, Coffey’s 605 ground balls induced beginning in 2005 rank fifth among all relief pitchers.
Last season with Milwaukee, Coffey struck out a career-high 8.1 batters per 9.0 innings en route to finishing 2-4 with 13 holds and a 4.76 ERA in 69 appearances.
Coffey’s finest season came in 2009, when he posted a 2.90 ERA and ranked among National League leaders in holds (tied for second, 27) and relief appearances (tied for seventh, 78).