Nationals, Tigers Swap Collin Balester For Ryan Perry

The Nationals have traded right-hander Collin Balester to the Tigers in exchange for another right-hander, Ryan Perry.  The Tigers just announced the move via a team press release.

Balester, 25, has posted a 9.8 K/9 rate over the last two seasons but also has given up a lot of hits (8.4 H/9) and walks (4.0 BB) in that span.  Balester is yet another right-hander in a Tigers bullpen that also features Jose Valverde, Joaquin Benoit, Al Alburquerque and the newly-signed Octavio Dotel.

Perry, who turns 25 in February, was taken by Detroit with the 21st overall pick of the 2008 draft.  After two solid seasons in relief in 2009-10, Perry struggled to a 5.35 ERA in 37 innings last season and only recorded 24 strikeouts against 21 walks.


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