Nationals Acquire Jerry Blevins

The Nationals have acquired Jerry Blevins from the Athletics, according to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish (on Twitter). Oakland will receive outfield prospect Billy Burns in return, reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports (via Twitter).

The Nationals have been known to be actively seeking a left-handed reliever, and Blevins fills that need for GM Mike Rizzo. Blevins, 30, is coming off a pair of strong seasons in which he posted a 2.80 ERA with 7.6 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9 in 125 1/3 innings.

Even better for the Nats, he will cost far less than a comparable player on the free agent market: MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz projects that Blevins will earn just $1.5MM in his second (and second-to-last) season through arbitration. Other well-regarded lefties have cost a good deal more: Javier Lopez got three years and $13MM, while Manny Parra got two and $5.5MM. The move should take the Nationals out of the market for higher-end southpaw relievers, though the club could still look to add a few budget options to compete in Spring Training.

Meanwhile, Burns is an interesting player whose value has been on the way up after a 2013 season that resulted in his being named the organization's minor leaguer of the year. Splitting time between High-A and Double-A in his age-23 campaign, the center fielder swiped a total of 74 bags while getting on base at quite an impressive clip. (His triple-slash landed at .315/.425/.383 in 540 plate appearances, 138 of which came at the Double-A level.) Baseball America credited him with the best strike zone discipline and speed in the Nats' system.

For the Nats, however, Burns lacked a clear path through the minor league system, let alone to the MLB roster. Denard Span is still under team control through 2015. More importantly, the club possesses a series of speedy, well-regarded prospects who are capable of fielding up the middle in Brian Goodwin, Michael Taylor, and Eury Perez

Jeff Todd contributed to this post.


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73 Comments on "Nationals Acquire Jerry Blevins"


Danny Phillips
1 year 8 months ago

Rizzo and Beane sitting in a tree

David
1 year 8 months ago

Not a huge fan of giving up Burns. Oh well.

scottedgell2
1 year 8 months ago

I am a huge Burns fan too seeing in play at Prince William a number of times and watching his speed, and how well he runs the bases. Having said that, we needed a lefty out of the pen badly and Blevins fills that role nicely. Burns was not going to be up with the Nationals parent club 3 years minimum and we needed help now and got help cheaply. I think Rizzo made a decent trade.

agureghian
1 year 8 months ago

Josh Hamilton approves of this deal.

BaMafromLa
1 year 8 months ago

1 for 11 in career with 7 strikeouts… definitely.

BaMafromLa
1 year 8 months ago

1 for 11 in career with 7 strikeouts… definitely.

TommyL
1 year 8 months ago

And Jerry Mathers as the Blevin.

TommyL
1 year 8 months ago

And Jerry Mathers as the Blevin.

Scott Reppert
1 year 8 months ago

Jerry Blevins is THE best left handed reliever in the DMB league I’m in. As long as he don’t hurt the Bucs in “real life”…

Lee Foo Young
1 year 8 months ago

You get a like just for the DMB mention. I wonder if they invent a ‘Super DuperFast’ rating for Burns?

Gosh, is he fast. I saw him at Harrisburg.

bhambravesfan
1 year 8 months ago

Hope this mean Eric O’Flaherty is staying in ATL

bhambravesfan
1 year 8 months ago

Hope this mean Eric O’Flaherty is staying in ATL

Kenz
1 year 8 months ago

Fleeced. A legit outfield prospect for a run of the mill lefty reliever?

David
1 year 8 months ago

Burns isn’t really a legit prospect, he has plenty of question marks. His one tool: he is FAST.

harperhill
1 year 8 months ago

Don’t forget about the career .421 OBP in the minors

Danny Phillips
1 year 8 months ago

He was a 24 year old at low and high A

jpshark
1 year 8 months ago

He played at AA as well last year. About age appropriate for the league, maybe a touch old. People keep slamming his lack of power, but what does it matter if he plays plus defense in CF and turns into a .285/.390/.375 hitter with 50 steals a season? That would make him a ~4 WAR type leadoff man. This was a great get for Oakland.

Danny Phillips
1 year 8 months ago

Good points. Regardless, Burns is blocked at the major league level as well as by 3 superior CF prospects in the Nats system.

FamousGrouse
1 year 8 months ago

“plus defense in CF and turns into a .285/.390/.375 hitter with 50 steals a season?”
That would make him one of the best players in baseball. And 4 WAR? Its all just really, really unlikely. Really unlikely. Power matters quite a bit and without it outfields can cheat in and take away XBHs. Defenses are savvy enough to control guys like Dee Gordon these days.

1 year 8 months ago

Nats minor league player of the year isn’t a legit prospect?

George Vander Buist
1 year 8 months ago

I wouldn’t say “plenty of question marks” Just lacks any power.. otherwise, hit tool, batting eye and speed are all looking like plus tools, just don’t know a lot about his defence. Baseball America writer theorized that Burns was thought of as special in the organization and had a legit shot (if route was available) to succeed as Nationals leadoff hitter some day

David
1 year 8 months ago

Burns isn’t really a legit prospect, he has plenty of question marks. His one tool: he is FAST.

Kenz
1 year 8 months ago

Fleeced. A legit outfield prospect for a run of the mill lefty reliever?

wade3061
1 year 8 months ago

See ya Jerry. It sure was frustrating watching you bounce back and forth between Sacramento and Oakland a few years back, but you sure had a good year in 2012. The game in Anaheim when you saved Balfour’s behind was something I’ll remember for a while.

I’m happy that the A’s got someone who looks to have at least some employable Major League skill for a guy that was a potential non-tender candidate according to MLBTR.

OaklandFan22
1 year 8 months ago

I still remember that game too. That was awesome.

wade3061
1 year 8 months ago

See ya Jerry. It sure was frustrating watching you bounce back and forth between Sacramento and Oakland a few years back, but you sure had a good year in 2012. The game in Anaheim when you saved Balfour’s behind was something I’ll remember for a while.

I’m happy that the A’s got someone who looks to have at least some employable Major League skill for a guy that was a potential non-tender candidate according to MLBTR.

AndyWarpath
1 year 8 months ago

I don’t understand the desire to trade for relievers (Blevins, Johnson, Bell, etc) and give up prospects when it appears that the free agent market is so flush with alternative/superior options.

The_Porcupine
1 year 8 months ago

Free agent contracts for non-closers have gone through the roof in the last year or 2. It’s financially cheaper to make a trade.

AndyWarpath
1 year 8 months ago

supply has brought down the demand and the asking price. Guys like Eric O Flaherty, JP Howell, and Jesse Crain are going to sign for totally reasonable contracts IMO.

AndyWarpath
1 year 8 months ago

I don’t understand the desire to trade for relievers (Blevins, Johnson, Bell, etc) and give up prospects when it appears that the free agent market is so flush with alternative/superior options.

OaklandFan22
1 year 8 months ago

im fine with this. Best of luck in Washington Jerry!

OaklandFan22
1 year 8 months ago

im fine with this. Best of luck in Washington Jerry!

Danny Phillips
1 year 8 months ago

Unsure how to feel about this. Granted I don’t know much about Blevins. But getting rid of Burns when we could have just signed a Howell doesn’t make sense to me.

FS54
1 year 8 months ago

I am in this camp too.

Natsfan89
1 year 8 months ago

I’m fine with it. Knowing that Rizzo doesn’t like to spend money on relievers (Soriano notwithstanding) and with Goodwin close Burns was expendable. Nats get a lefty who did well against rightys last year who’s cheap and under control for the next to years, A’s get a prospect with upside. Good deal for both clubs.

That said, I would still like to see them either sign another lefty or send out some spring training invites cause as it stand the leftys coming to ST are Blevins, Cedeno (I’m assuming) and maybe Solis.

Danny Phillips
1 year 8 months ago

I’ve changed my tune. I agree that it’s a good deal for both sides. You forgot Detwiler as an option for the pen..

Natsfan89
1 year 8 months ago

I know that Det’s an option but, and this is coming from someone who found him incredibly frustrating to watch in 2012, the dude deserves to be in the rotation. I know he’s better suited to come out of the pen with him throwing practically nothing but fastballs, but he’s shown he’s a capable starter and the guy has done everything asked of him up to this point.

Danny Phillips
1 year 8 months ago

I’ve changed my tune. I agree that it’s a good deal for both sides. You forgot Detwiler as an option for the pen..

bhambravesfan
1 year 8 months ago

If I were the A’s I would be happy with the upside of a future lead off guy for a reliever.

bhambravesfan
1 year 8 months ago

If I were the A’s I would be happy with the upside of a future lead off guy for a reliever.

J.R.
1 year 8 months ago

Great deal for the A’s.