The Nationals added another piece to their bullpen today, finalizing a deal with former Brewers reliever Todd Coffey, according to an industry source. The deal is pending a physical and isn't official yet, but it should give the team another hard-throwing veteran who can pitch in the late innings.
Coffey went 2-4 with a 4.76 ERA with the Brewers last season, battling a thumb injury at the end of the year. But he posted a 2.90 ERA in 78 appearances the year before. He throws a hard sinker that tops out in the mid-90s, a slider in the mid-80s, and cuts an imposing presence on the mound with his 6-foot-4, 240-pound frame.
Terms of the contract weren't immediately available, but Coffey was non-tendered by the Brewers after making $2.03 million last season. Industry sources said earlier this month the Nationals were budgeting about $3 million for another reliever, though it's possible they could have signed Coffey for less.