Nationals trade Suzuki back to Oakland

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Updated: August 23, 2013
Kurt Suzuki

UPDATE: The Washington Nationals have acquired Class A pitcher Dakota Bacus fromOakland to complete the Kurt Suzuki trade. Bacus was selected in the ninth round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the A’s. In 2012, he was selected as an AZL All Star after appearing in 18 games and going 3-0 with a 1.20 ERA. This season, he has pitched at Class A a d has appeared in 26 games and made 16 starts. He is 9-5 with a 3.86 ERA and has tallied 90 strikeouts in 121.1 innings. The 21 year old hits the radar around 90 to 92 MPH.
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The Washington Nationals have traded catcher Kurt Suzuki — a key part of the team’s playoff run a year ago — back to the Oakland A’s, the team they originally acquired Suzuki from. In return the Nationals will receive an unnamed prospect.

Suzuki hit .223/.284/.311 with just three home runs in 78 games this year and has been largely superfluous for the Nats since starter Wilson Ramos returned the lineup.

The trade makes sense for the A’s since they appear to be playoff-bound, but have suffered some injuries to their catchers lately. Derek Norris has an injured toe and his headed for the disabled list, while John Jaso has been out for over a month with concussion syndrome.

Expect the Nationals to activate Jhonatan Solano to the roster so he can back up Ramos for the remainder of the season.

If a prospect to be named later doesn’t seem like much for Suzuki, recall that he was due to earn an $8.5 million salary next year if the team picked up his option for 2014. Based on his performance this season and the presence of Ramos on the roster, there is no way that was going to happen. So, in other words, the Nationals decided to get something — even if it isn’t very much — for Suzuki now rather than get nothing for him later.

Hopefully, the the Nationals will get a look at Solano out of all this, since it is clear the team won’t be getting anywhere near the playoffs and has already begun to work some younger players, like Tyler Moore, into the lineup.