Janssen's mutual option for 2016 was declined Monday and he will now become a free agent, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports. Janssen's lone season in Washington was a bumpy one, as he posted a 4.95 ERA and failed to record a save and he'll now be free to find a new home. The 34-year-old likely won't be able to land a closer role out of the gate, but with 90 saves to his name, the righty could work his way into higher leverage situations wherever he lands.
Nationals reliever Casey Janssen could see some save opportunities over the final week of the season following the suspension of Jonathan Papelbon. He hasn't been used in many high-leverage situations in the second half, but Janssen is the only reliever in the bullpen with recent closing experience. The Nats could elect to give younger arms like Felipe Rivero a look in the role as well, however.
Casey Janssen and Felipe Rivero could see some save opportunities for the Nationals over the final week of the season following the suspension of Jonathan Papelbon. Janssen hasn't been used in many high-leverage situations in the second half, but he is the only reliever in the bullpen with recent closing experience. The Nats could elect to give younger arms like Rivero a look in the role as well. Rivero has been used as a setup man in September. He has posted a strong 2.98 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 38:11 K:BB ratio in 45 1/3 innings this season.
Nationals reliever Casey Janssen earned a win over the Dodgers for his first victory of the year. Janssen pitched a perfect eighth inning and improved to 1-2 on the season. He struck out two and recorded his second perfect outing in a row after ending a slump where he allowed runs in three straight appearances.
Nationals pitcher Casey Janssen made his season debut on Saturday, tossing one scoreless inning with no hits allowed in Washington's 8-1 loss to the Phillies. Janssen missed the first 41 games of the season with a right shoulder injury, but felt good after his first appearance, according to MASN Sports. "Obviously, I wish as a whole we had played a little better," Janssen said. "But, it was good to get an inning in there and get my feet wet and be a part of this thing." Manager Matt Williams was impressed with his poise on the mound. "Good command of the strike zone, got the second baseman on a cutter," Williams said. "Threw (Ryan) Howard a couple of curveballs for strikes, which is good, commanded the zone. He works fast, and when he's throwing strikes like that, he can do it to both sides of the plate. I think he felt good coming out of it, no issues, that's a good sign for us."