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With John Jaso on the disable list, we discussed the likelihood of the Oakland Athletics pulling the trigger and making a deal for another catcher. We never would have guessed they would have acquired a familiar face. Late last night, news began to trickle in that the A's were working on a deal with the Washington Nationals to acquire Kurt Suzuki. That deal appears to be all but finalized now.
The #nats have traded Kurt Suzuki back to the Oakland A's, according to multiple sources. Believe Nats getting pitching prospect in return.
— Amanda Comak (@acomak) August 23, 2013
Suzuki spent six seasons with the A's before he was eventually traded to the Nationals last year (also a waiver trade interestingly enough). Suzuki has been splitting time with Wilson Ramos on the Nationals roster, and now that Ramos appears healthy, the Nationals may feel comfortable making him the primary catcher once again. Beyond that, there have been reports in the past that Ramos has worked better with the staff - specifically Stephen Strasburg.
Whatever the reasoning is behind the Nationals' willingness to trade Suzuki, he will be reunited with a club that he helped gradually get better. Suzuki put up slightly better numbers in his time with the A's than he did in his time with the Nationals. He has a career .689 OPS with Oakland versus a .643 OPS with Washington.
The Nationals making this trade may be a subtle hint that they are admitting to not being in contention anymore. Of course, they can't come out and say that yet, but it seems they are already looking ahead to next season.
For Oakland, the re-acquisition of Suzuki means additional catching depth and veteran presence. As the A's try to recapture the division lead in the American League West, they knew they couldn't sit idly by while Jaso sat on the DL for an unspecified amount of time. Jaso's concussion symptoms have not subsided enough for the team to put a solid timetable on his return. Suzuki will be an important part of the club's makeup down the stretch.
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