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Rapid Reaction: Nats Grab Closer Melancon For Small Price

They were patient and waited for a better deal, and they were rewarded. Instead of giving up any top-tier prospects, the Nationals parted with talented but struggling reliever Felipe Rivero, and 21-year-old leftie starter Taylor Hearns. In return, elite closer Mark Melancon strengthens the bullpen and pushes the struggling Jonathan Papelbon back into a lower-stakes role.