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A’s acquire Corey Brown from Nationals

Dec 19, 2013, 12:32 PM EST

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Corey Brown was designated for assignment by the Nationals last week and today they traded the 27-year-old outfielder to the A’s for cash considerations.

Or traded him back to the A’s, since Brown was drafted 59th overall by Oakland in 2007 and then traded to Washington in the Josh Willingham deal in December of 2010.

Brown has gotten just 45 total plate appearances in the majors and his Triple-A numbers are mostly mediocre, but he does have good power with 25 homers per 150 games in the International League.

And as Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com notes, this is the eighth trade between the A’s and Nationals in the past three seasons. Billy Beane and Mike Rizzo are besties at this point.

  1. natinals10 - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Rizzo and Beane BFF

    • natstowngreg - Dec 19, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      Beane has a red phone on his desk, a direct line to Mike Rizzo’s office. With a Nats logo on it. Sorta like the old red phone to Moscow in the Oval Office. Or, Commissioner Gordon’s Batphone. At Rizzo’s end is a green phone with an A’s logo.

      Corey Brown didn’t show enough potential to remain on the 40-man roster, once the Nats signed a veteran LH outfielder (Nate McLouth). Good luck to Corey with the A’s.

      • tcostant - Dec 19, 2013 at 3:46 PM

        I think your refferring to a “batphone”!

      • natstowngreg - Dec 19, 2013 at 5:18 PM

        Nope, I was referring to the Batphone in the ’60s TV series.

  2. NatsLady - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    If I understand it, this works out better for C. Brown. If he were released he would have to sign a minor-league deal, whereas this way he’s on the 40-man of the A’s and (since he has no options) can’t be sent down without clearing waivers. Is this correct?

    • karlkolchak - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      All the A’s really did was pay the Ntas some cash to ensure Brown will be attending their ST and not some other club’s. Doesn’t mean he’ll make their Opening Day roster.

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