The Nationals acquired catcher Kurt Suzuki from the Oakland Athletics on Friday for minor league catcher David Freitas.
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 RBI. 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.
''It's a chance for us to move forward with Derek and a chance for Zuk to play every day somewhere else,'' A's assistant general mana...