The Oakland Athletics and Washington Nationals have been frequent trading partners recently and the teams made another deal on Monday, with Oakland sending minor-league outfielder John Wooten to the Nats for left-handed reliever Fernando Abad.
Peter Gammons of MLB Network and Gammons Daily reported the deal via Twitter:
Athletics get Fernando Abad for A ball OF John Wooten
— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) November 25, 2013
Abad, a 27-year-old lefty, made 39 relief appearances for Washington last year, going 0-3 with a 3.35 ERA and 1.381 WHIP in 37.2 innings with 32 strikeouts. He had pitched parts of the previous three seasons with the Houston Astros.
Abad is not known as a lefty specialist, with good reason—lefties hit Abad much better than right-handers last season.
Against lefties, Abad surrendered a .306/.338/.452 slash line and two home runs against 65 batters. Against righties, Abad allowed a .247/.307/.312 slash line with one home run against 101 hitters.
Abad was originally signed by the Astros in December 2002 and made his big-league debut in 2010. The Nationals signed him as a free agent last November.
It is the fourth trade between the A’s and Nats since December 2010.
- The A’s traded Corey Brown and Henry Rodriguez to Washington for Josh Willingham in December 2010.
- The Nats traded A.J. Cole, Tommy Milone, Derek Norris and Brad Peacock to Oakland for Gio Gonzalez and Robert Gilliam in December 2011.
- The A’s traded Kurt Suzuki and cash to Washington for David Freitas in August 2012.
Wooten, 22, was a 37th-round pick by the A’s out of East Carolina University in 2012 and played for Class-A Beloit last season.
He hit .257/.333/.430 in 555 plate appearances with 20 home runs and 69 RBI and struck out 113 times.
No word whether Wooten will take the pyramid of success with him to the Nationals organization.
Historical trade data from baseball-reference.com.