Sep 13, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Fernando Abad (58) throws during the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Nationals deal reliever Abad


The offseason isn’t a time for relaxation for the Washington Nationals, as management once again decided to make a trade with their friends across the country, the Oakland Athletics.  Washington has a lengthy trade history with Oakland, and once again came to terms, Monday, to deal reliever Fernando Abad to Oakland for minor leaguer John Wooten.

Abad had well documented struggles with Washington in 2013 and was even designated for assignment this past week.  The former Houston Astro went 0-3 with a 3.35 ERA in his one season as a National and will be expected to bolster a rather thin Oakland bullpen.  Washington, on the other hand, will receive a first baseman that hit 20 home runs and batted .257 while playing for Class-A Beloit.  Wooten was selected in the 37th round of the 2012 draft out of East Carolina and has performed well in the Athletics minor league system.

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