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Brandon Kintzler Picks Up Player Option on Contract, Report Says

Kintzler posted a 3-3 record and a 4.60 ERA with the Nationals and Cubs

Just one day after the Chicago Cubs declined a $10 million team option on right-hander Brandon Kintzler, the pitcher has made his decision on whether to exercise his player option this season. 

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According to ESPN's Jesse Rogers, Kintzler has decided to pick up the player option, which will pay him $5 million for the 2019 season. 

A 34-year-old right-hander, Kintzler was 3-3 with a 4.60 ERA for Washington and the Cubs, who acquired him July 31 for minor league right-hander Jhon Romero. 

He was a first-time All-Star in 2017 and has 48 career saves. He also has pitched for Milwaukee (2010-15) and Minnesota (2016-17).

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