Suzuki traded from Athletics to Nationals
The 28-year-old Suzuki, who had played all five-plus of his major league seasons with Oakland, is batting .218 with a home run and 18 RBIs. Nationals manager Davey Johnson said he expects Suzuki to report in time for NL East-leading Washington's Saturday's home game against Miami.
In a strange twist, the A's traded Gio Gonzalez to the Nationals in December and received both lefty starting pitcher Tommy Milone and catcher-of-the-future Derek Norris. Now, Suzuki will get to catch the All-Star Gonzalez again, across the country in the NL.
Still, Oakland general manager Billy Beane said when Norris was promoted this spring it didn't necessarily mean Suzuki would be on the trading block. Everybody expected him to be gone soon, however.
Washington wanted to shore up the catching spot after the loss of Wilson Ramos with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Jesus Flores has been the starting catcher, though Johnson referred to Suzuki as "a No. 1 catcher."
Freitas was batting .271 for Class-A Potomac.
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