The Athletics and Nationals effectively reversed their trade from last August in which Washington acquired catcher Kurt Suzuki. This time the 29-year-old veteran returns to Oakland, the organization that selected him in the second round of the 2004 draft. To acquire Suzuki, the A’s parted with low Class A righthander Dakota Bacus, whom they drafted out of Indiana State last year.
Clinging to the second wild card in the American League, Oakland required a healthy, effective catcher after losing its first-string platoon of John Jaso (concussion) and Derek Norris (broken toe). They turn now to Suzuki and lefty-hitting rookie Stephen Vogt as they attempt to stave off the Indians, Orioles and Yankees in the playoff race.
Susan Slusser reports that the A’s will assume roughly half of Suzuki’s remaining $675,000 salary.
Dakota Bacus, rhp
Career Transactions: Selected by Athletics in ninth round of 2012 draft; signed June 18, 2012.
Bacus is a fairly standard-issue righty with an average fastball and a low-80s slider that he controls well enough. A 22-year-old who’s maxed-out physically, he probably faces a shift to the bullpen before he would even be considered for a 40-man roster spot. Bacus performed quite well in 10 relief appearances at Beloit this season, logging 36 innings with 44 strikeouts, 12 walks and one home run allowed.
Kurt Suzuki, c
Age: 29. Bats: R.
Remaining Commitment: Prorated portion of $6.45 million salary for 2013, plus $650,000 buyout of 2014 option.