A's Acquire Righty Reliever Shawn Kelley From Nationals

The A's once again added to an already strong bullpen.

The club announced Sunday afternoon that they have acquired 34-year-old RHP Shawn Kelley and cash from the Nationals in exchange for international slot money. To make room on the 40-man roster, Oakland placed outfielder Jake Smolinski on the 60-day DL with a blood clot in his left calf.

Kelley has been effective this season in Washington, going 1-0 with a 3.34 ERA and 0.96 WHIP in 35 appearances. He notched 32 strikeouts in 32 1/3 innings. For his career, Kelley is 26-23 with 15 saves and a 3.73 ERA. 

The Nationals designated Kelley for assignment Wednesday, a day after he threw his glove to the mound, following a home run he allowed to the Mets' Austin Jackson.

Assuming he can keep his cool in Oakland, Kelley should provide the A's another reliable arm out of the pen, and they didn't have to give up any players to get him.

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