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Rumor Central: Twins looking to bring back Brandon Kintzler?

The Minnesota Twins might be looking to bring back closer Brandon Kintzler after trading him away at the July 31 deadline.

Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press tweets the Twins are among the group of teams who have expressed “early interest” in Kintzler, a free agent who saved a combined 45 games for Minnesota between 2016 and 2017.

The 33-year-old Kintzler finished the season in a setup role for the Washington Nationals, recording a 1.15 WHIP in 27 appearances. Berardino adds that the Nationals also are interested in Kintzler, who made $2.9 million in 2017.

Matt Belisle took over as closer after Kintzler’s departure and recorded nine saves, helping Minnesota advance to the postseason for the first time in seven years. Belisle also is a free agent.

- Doug Mittler

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