Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 12/9/11
The Detroit Tigers have exchanged arms with the Washington Nationals in a deal announced by the team Friday evening. The Tigers sent former first-round draft pick Ryan Perry to the Nationals in exchange for right-hander Collin Balester. Perry, drafted by the Tigers in 2008, spent the majority of 3 seasons with the club showing flashes of potential at times while appearing wild at others. In 2011 Perry split time between Detroit and their Triple-A affiliate, the Toledo Mud Hens. In 36 appearances with the Tigers this season he compiled a 5.35 ERA in 37 innings with 24 strikeouts and 21 walks. Balester, 25, was originally drafted as a starting pitcher out of high school in the 2004 MLB Draft, but has been coming out of the bullpen for the past two seasons. He also split time between Triple-A and his parent MLB club in 2011. He appeared in 23 Major League games last season, logging 35.2 innings with 34 strikeouts.
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