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Nationals get their lefty, acquire Jerry Blevins from A’s

Dec 11, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

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Washington has been linked to basically every possible left-handed reliever all offseason and the Nationals finally snagged one, acquiring Jerry Blevins from the A’s for minor-league outfielder Billy Burns.

Blevins was expendable because of Oakland’s impressive bullpen depth, but he’s been much more than a strict southpaw specialist with a 2.81 ERA and 132 strikeouts in 154 innings during the past three seasons while actually faring better against righties (.205 AVG, .634 OPS) than lefties (.224 AVG, .674 OPS).

Burns was just named the Nationals’ minor league player of the year after hitting .315 with 74 steals in 121 games between high Single-A and Double-A as a 23-year-old. He’s not considered a top prospect, failing to crack Baseball America‘s recent top 10 for the Nationals’ system, but with a .421 on-base percentage and excellent strikeout-to-walk ratios it’s easy to see why the A’s targeted him.

  1. natstowngreg - Dec 11, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Mission (to get lefty relief) partly accomplished. The Nats have multiple speedy, leadoff-type infielders and outfielders in the minors, making Burns expendable.

    • karlkolchak - Dec 11, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      Yep–the Nats have speedy guys who can’t really hit at the MLB level to, ahem, burn. Burns might be the exception, but at 23 it isn’t all that likely. Maybe Billy B still feels bad about fleecing Rizzo on the Willingham trade? :)

      • dcfan4life - Dec 11, 2013 at 6:06 PM

        Or Rizzo feels real bad for fleecing Billy Beane on the Gio Gonzalez deal and the gift Kurt Suzuki deal…

  2. billybawl - Dec 11, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    I’ll miss Blevins. Very valuable part of A’s bullpen these past few years, and one of the nicest players with fans before games. Bummed.

    • APBA Guy - Dec 11, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      Agree completely.

  3. voteforno6 - Dec 11, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    The Nats and A’s completed a trade? Shocker.

  4. Francisco (FC) - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    You know, seeing just the URL, I initially thought the headline said: Nationals get their lefty, acquire Jerry Blevins from Ass.

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