May 20, 2022

Washington Nationals acquire catcher Kurt Suzuki from A’s

The Washington Nationals acquired catcher Kurt Suzuki from the Oakland A’s in exchange for minor league catcher David Freitas. Suzuki, 28, is a terrific defensive catcher in the worst hitting year of his career, currently hitting .218/.250/.286 with just one home run, but he is a lifetime .254/.311/.378 hitter with 15, 13, and 14 home run seasons to his credit.

Freitas, 23, is hitting .271/.374/.407 for High-A Potomac. He’s been an All-Star in each of his three minor league seasons, though he’s still a work in progress behind the plate.

Suzuki is due about $1.8 million this season and under contract next season at $6.45 million, and has a team option for 2014.

Suzuki will immediately address the Nats biggest need: someone with Major League experience to share the catching duties with Jesus Flores, who has been beaten up with the workload this summer. Teams have been running wild on the Nats pitchers lately and Suzuki has thrown out base runners at a 29 percent clip for his career and at 38 percent this season.  He is well-respected by his peers and pitching staffs, and will be reunited with former teammate Gio Gonzalez in D.C.

NATS/P-NATS: Potomac Nationals All-Star Game Jerseys Up for Auction

Want the opportunity to purchase a Potomac Nationals 2012 All-Star jersey? Well now you have the chance! P-Nat All-Stars David Freitas and Rob Wort are having their All-Star Game jerseys auctioned off until Monday, July 16, 2012.

All you have to do is click on the links for your chance to bid on David Freitas or Rob Wort‘s 2012 Carolina League All-Star jersey!


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