Barraclough lost his arbitration case Friday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports. Barraclough had filed for $2 million but will wind up making $1.725 million instead. The 28-year-old has shown flashes of upside thus far in his career and picked up 10 saves for the Marlins last season, but his strikeout rate fell to an unexciting 24.5 percent while his walk rate remained worryingly high at 13.9 percent, leading to an October trade to Washington. He's not expected to be part of the closer conversation for his new club unless Sean Doolittle struggles with injuries.
Barraclough was traded to Washington from Miami on Wednesday in exchange for international bonus pool money, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports. Barraclough had a rough second half with the Marlins in 2018, logging a 13.50 ERA and 2.48 WHIP across 13.1 innings dating back to July 21. The right-hander missed a few weeks with back stiffness during that stretch. On the flip side, he posted a 1.28 ERA over 44 appearances in the first half and should provide the Nationals with a solid middle-to-late option out of the bullpen moving forward. Barraclough still has three more years of club control on his contract.
Barraclough (0-6) blew the save and took the loss Thursday, recording just one out and allowing two solo home runs in a 4-3 loss to the Mets in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Adam Conley retired the first batter in the ninth before the Marlins called on Barraclough to protect a one-run lead Thursday. Instead, he absorbed the defeat: After inducing a Dominic Smith groundout, he served up back-to-back homers to Michael Conforto and Todd Frazier. The 28-year-old has blown his last four save chances, making him 10-for-17 this season.
Barraclough (back) threw a simulated game Wednesday, Andre Fernandez of the Miami Herald reports. Barraclough hit the disabled list Friday with lower-back stiffness. He's eligible to return Sunday, and the fact that he's back throwing suggests that he has a shot to do so, though a timetable has not yet been announced.
Barraclough was placed on the 10-day DL on Friday due to lower-back stiffness, Andre Fernandez of the Miami Herald reports. Barraclough will be eligible to return from the shelf Aug. 19 prior to the series finale in Washington. It's unclear as to when he suffered this injury, though the right-hander has been in the midst of a rough patch as of late, logging a horrendous 22.24 ERA and 3.53 WHIP across his past seven outings dating back to the All-Star break.