The Washington Nationals designated 27-year-old lefty Fernando Abad for assignment last week to make room when they added three players (Sammy Solis, Michael Taylor and Aaron Barrett) to the 40-Man Roster to protect them from selection in the Rule 5 Draft.
According to reports this afternoon, the Nats have now traded the former Houston Astros' lefty they signed as a free agent last winter to the Oakland Athletics in return for 22-year-old A's outfield prospect John Wooten, a 2012 37th Round pick out of out of East Carolina University who played for the Class-A Beloit Snappers in 2013. In his second pro season, Wooten had a .257/.333/.430 line with 22 doubles and 20 HRs in 133 games and 555 plate appearances:
Athletics get Fernando Abad for A ball OF John Wooten— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) November 25, 2013
Abad was (0-3) with a 3.35 ERA, 3.26 FIP, 10 walks (2.39 BB/9) and 32 Ks (7.65 K/9) in 39 games and 37.2 IP for the Nationals last season. Signed last November, Abad debuted with the Nationals in late May. The lefty struggled against left-handed hitters last season, however, with lefties putting up a .306/.338/452 line in 65 PAs against Abad in 2013. In his career, the reliever has held left-handers to a .271/.310/.417 line.
It's another deal for the Nats and Athletics, who've made trades involving Gio Gonzalez, Kurt Suzuki and A.J. Cole among others in the past few seasons. No official word from the Nationals on the multiple reports.
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