The Washington Nationals acquired 33-year-old outfielder David DeJesus on August 19th in a trade with the Chicago Cubs after they claimed DeJesus off waivers and worked out a deal. The Nationals placed DeJesus on waivers after acquiring him and Tampa Bay claimed him, so four days after acquiring the veteran outfielder, the Nats traded him again, sending the 11-year major league veteran to the Rays in return for a PTBNL or cash considerations.
Former Nats' GM Jim Bowden wrote on Twitter at the time that he thought Nationals had a 22-year-old left-hander headed their way as the PTBNL though he didn't say which 22-year-old lefty it would be:
Mike Rizzo deserves credit for claiming DeJesus knowing he could spin him and trade him for LH 22-year old pitching prospect from #Rays— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) August 23, 2013
Tampa Bay Times' writer Marc Topkin reported at the time that he'd been told the Nationals were given a list of Rays' prospects to choose from:
#Rays have given #Nats list of players, less than 5, from whom to pick in DeJesus deal— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) August 23, 2013
The Nationals announced this afternoon that the 22-year-old southpaw in the deal was Matthew Spann, a 2010 25th Round out of Central High School in Columbia, Tennessee, who moved to the bullpen this season after starting for most of his first three seasons in the Rays' system. Over 59 games and 220 IP, Spann, who's 6'7'', is (14-10) with a 3.03 ERA. In 19 games, four starts and 60 IP this season, the lefty is (4-3) with two saves, a 2.85 ERA, 4.27 FIP, 21 walks (3.15 BB/9) and 35 Ks (5.25 K/9).
• via Twitter - Here's a 140 character scouting report on Spann from MLB.com's Jim Callis:
New #Nationals LHP Matthew Spann, PTBN in DeJesus deal w/#Rays: 6-7/220, 86-90, OK curveball, 22 yrs old, 5.3 K/9 as low A reliever.— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) September 19, 2013
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