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Cincinnati Reds agree to terms with reliever Sean Doolittle

Sep 3, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Sean Doolittle (63) pitches during the tenth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Reds agreed to terms on a one-year contract with left-hander Sean Doolittle, MLB.com reported Tuesday.

Doolittle would be in line to serve as the Reds closer after the team traded right-hander Raisel Iglesias to the Los Angeles Angels in December. Iglesias, 30, made 22 appearances for the Reds last season and compiled a 4-3 record with eight saves.

Doolittle, 34, looks to rebound after registering an 0-2 record with a 5.87 ERA and 1.70 WHIP in 11 relief appearances last season with the Washington Nationals.

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The Reds are hoping Doolittle reverts to the form that he had with the Nationals during the 2019 postseason. He posted a 1.74 ERA and 0.68 WHIP in nine appearances to help Washington capture a World Series title.

Doolittle sports a 23-23 record with 111 saves, a 3.07 ERA and an 0.97 WHIP in 401 relief appearances with the Oakland Athletics (2012-17) and Nationals (2017-20).

–Field Level Media