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A’s acquire Fernando Abad from Nationals

Nov 25, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

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Oakland added some bullpen depth by acquiring left-hander Fernando Abad from Washington for minor leaguer John Wooten.

Abad mostly struggled for the Astros from 2010-2012, but pitched well for the Nationals this year with a 3.35 ERA and 32/10 K/BB ratio in 37 innings. He’ll likely slide into a middle relief role in Oakland, although the A’s bullpen is definitely in a state of flux with closer Grant Balfour a free agent.

Wooten is a 22-year-old corner outfielder who hit .257 with 20 homers and a .764 OPS in 133 games at low Single-A. He was a 37th-round pick in 2012 and isn’t considered much of a prospect.

  1. shawndc04 - Nov 25, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Disagree with the notion that he pitched well for the Nationals. He started out well, but as time went on he became increasingly ineffective. Given that the Nationals are sorely in need of lefthanded relief, the trade doesn’t say much for him.I doubt that he’ll help the A’s all that much.

  2. jkaflagg - Nov 25, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Normally I’d laugh, but the A’s have a long track record of rehabbing other team’s rejects…..Abad is like a million other fringe relievers, good stuff but shaky command/control…..A’s must see something that separates him from the Xavier Cedenos and Wesley Wrights of the world.

  3. shadowcell - Nov 25, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    so you’d say this is Abad deal?

    *rimshot*

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