Nationals Acquire Kurt Suzuki

The Athletics traded catcher Kurt Suzuki and cash considerations to the Nationals for catcher David Freitas, the teams announced. It sounds like the A's are picking up most of Suzuki's 2012 salary and a bit of next year's salary, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports (on Twitter).

The move provides the Nationals with Major League catching depth to complement Jesus Flores and Sandy Leon. Washington manager Davey Johnson said Suzuki is a "number one catcher" who will bring a "veteran presence" to the Nationals, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports (on Twitter).

Suzuki has posted a disappointing .218/.250/.286 batting line in 278 plate appearances so far in 2012. To his credit, he has prevented 38% of stolen base attempts against him this year (23 of 60) and the Athletics have an American League-best 3.43 ERA. The A's are now likely to rely more heavily on rookie catcher Derek Norris and recently-acquired backstop George Kottaras.

The 28-year-old Suzuki earns $5MM in 2012 and $6.45MM in 2013. His contract includes a $8.5MM club option for 2014 ($650K buyout). Evidently no American League team placed a claim on him when he hit the waiver wire. Every National League team but the Reds had to pass up chance to claim Suzuki for him to become available to Washington.

Freitas, 23, has a .271/.374/.407 batting line in 321 plate appearances at Class A Potomac this year. The Nationals selected him in the 15th round of the 2010 MLB draft.


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50 Comments on "Nationals Acquire Kurt Suzuki"


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selw0nk
2 years 11 months ago

Good luck Kurt!

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Benjamin George
2 years 11 months ago

Nice little move for both sides

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Marquelle So Crazy
2 years 11 months ago

This is huge for Gio.

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

Isn’t Gio performing better AFTER Suzuki stopped catching him? Or am I missing something here?

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thegoldenone
2 years 11 months ago

better numbers slightly from being in N.L. But he was already good before the Nationals

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WolandJR
2 years 11 months ago

I don’t understand why the nats had to give up anything of value to get Suzuki. Freitas was not a blue chip prospect, but there is a chance he could develop into a bat first type of catcher.

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

Agreed. Also, how many minor league catchers are the Athletics going to get from us?

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Iconoclast17
2 years 11 months ago

As many as it takes to find one who can hit major league pitching on a consistent basis.;)

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ArmlessPenguin
2 years 11 months ago

He’s 23 in single A, and he’s hitting just alright. It’s not like they gave up Joe Mauer, or even Derek Norris.

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melonis_rex
2 years 11 months ago

probably because the A’s are eating part of the salary.

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WolandJR
2 years 11 months ago

And he has another year and $7 million left on his contract? Rizzo must be trying to buy some more good will in the Asian markets.

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LiveFastCyYoung
2 years 11 months ago

Kurt Suzuki is from Hawaii.

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thegoldenone
2 years 11 months ago

At A’s fanfest a couple years ago before there trip to Japan. A fan asked him how excited he was to go back to Japan. He was just like umm it will be fun but I’m from Hawaii. There was an awkard laugh by all.