LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — The Washington Nationals parted ways with catcher Kurt Suzuki and recently-acquired David DeJesus in a pair of trades Friday.
Washington sent Suzuki back to the Oakland Athletics, who selected him in the second round of the 2004 amateur draft, in exchange for Class-A starter Dakota Bacus. The Nats are paying $995,000 to Oakland as its portion remaining on Suzuki’s 2013 salary.
Suzuki, who batted .222 with three homers and 25 RBIs in 79 games in Washington this year, left Chicago where the Nationals were playing and was set to join Oakland in Baltimore for a weekend series with the Orioles.
He was originally traded to the Nationals on Aug. 3, 2012.
Suzuki will boost Oakland’s injury situation at catcher as they fight for a playoff spot. The defending AL West champion A’s began the day 2 ½ games back of Texas in the division race.
The Nationals dealt DeJesus to the Tampa Bay Rays just four days after picking him up from the Cubs. Washington will receive a player or cash considerations in the deal.
DeJesus was acquired by the Nationals on Monday and played in three road games with Washington this week. He is expected to join the Rays before they host the New York Yankees on Friday night.
In 87 games overall this season, DeJesus is batting .247 with six home runs and 27 RBIs.
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