As the Washington Nationals look to keep their lead over the Atlanta Braves in the NL East, the Nats acquired some more immediate backstop help as they have traded Class-A catcher David Freitas to the Oakland Athletics for catcher Kurt Suzuki, according to the Nationals official twitter feed.
Suzuki, the five-year veteran and native of Hawaii has spent his entire career with the Athletics, owning a career .254 batting average, 54 home runs and 302 RBI. His numbers have declined significantly in 2012, hitting just .218 with a .254 OBP in 75 games played this year for the Green and Gold.
As for Freitas, he was the Nats 15th round selection in the 2010 first-year player draft out of the University of Hawaii, and was batting .271 with five homers and 46 RBI for the Potomac Nationals of the Class-A Carolina League. He'll likely join Oakland's Class-A affiliate, the Burlington Bees.
Oakland will likely recall catcher Derek Norris from Triple-A Sacramento. He and George Kottaras will form the catching platoon for the Athletics now with Suzuki gone.