There were moments over the last month or two, and especially in the last day or two, when the notion of Tyler Clippard returning to Washington sure sounded plausible.
The Nationals have become the subject of many trade rumors in recent days, most involving their apparent interest in adding a big piece to their struggling bullpen.
The Atlanta Braves' trade of star closer Craig Kimbrel to the San Diego Padres on Easter Sunday came as a surprise to many, even after their long offseason of rebuilding.
When news broke on Sunday the Atlanta Braves were trading star closer Craig Kimbrel to the San Diego Padres, or in other words out of the NL East, Nationals fans celebrated on Twitter.
Just hours before the 2015 MLB season is set to begin, the Atlanta Braves have pulled off another blockbuster trade, this time sending superstar closer Craig Kimbrel and outfielder Melvin Upton, J