Nationals trade Ehire Adrianza – The Washington Post

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Easing their approach into the trade deadline, the Washington Nationals traded utility man Ehire Adrianza to the Atlanta Braves for 26-12 months-previous outfielder Trey Harris on Monday. When the deal was introduced by each golf equipment, there have been about 30 hours left for the Nationals to stage a promote-off for the second consecutive 12 months. That they discovered a touchdown spot for Adrianza — and that they netted a low-danger, low-value participant within the course of — was an early win on the margins.

Adrianza, 32, signed a one-12 months, $1.5 million take care of the Nationals in March. Before that, he spent 2021 with the Braves, enjoying six totally different positions all through their title season. With Washington, he spent many of the 12 months recovering from a quad harm suffered in direction of the top of spring coaching. He appeared in 31 video games and had a .179 batting common, .255 on-base proportion and .202 slugging proportion in 94 plate appearances. He was beginning extra lately, largely for Maikel Franco at third, maybe as a result of the final-place Nationals needed to showcase him forward of Tuesday’s deadline.

To change Adrianza on the 26- and 40-man rosters, the Nationals will recall infielder Ildemaro Vargas from the Class-AAA Rochester Red Wings, in response to an individual with information of the state of affairs. Vargas, 31, is a clean defender, gentle hitter and bats from each side of the plate. He has been with 4 main league groups and had a brief stint with the Chicago Cubs in May. To clear room for Adrianza, the Braves designated Robinson Canó for project.

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Aside from Juan Soto, and with Adrianza headed again to Atlanta, Washington nonetheless has Josh Bell, Nelson Cruz, Carl Edwards Jr., Steve Cishek and Kyle Finnegan to doubtlessly transfer earlier than 6 pm Eastern on Tuesday. And since Adrianza was considerably of a shock trade chip, it is price remembering that it is exhausting to totally know what contenders want forward of the stretch run. In that sense, the swap felt much like when the Nationals despatched left-handed starter Jon Lester to the St. Louis Cardinals for outfielder Lane Thomas in 2021.

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Harris has not performed above Class-AA, which means he is properly behind the place Thomas was upon arriving in Washington — and having not debuted but, beneath workforce management for six seasons as soon as his service clock begins ticking. Generally, although, a depth arm is extra helpful than a lightweight-hitting utility participant. The analog is that, on the final probability to get gamers from different golf equipment, the Braves have a selected position in thoughts for Adrianza and certain see restricted upside with Harris. That made them good buying and selling companions with the Nationals, even with General Manager Mike Rizzo’s free rule of not buying gamers throughout the division.

For the previous two seasons, Harris has been with the Class AA Mississippi Braves. And since 2019, the precise-handed hitter has tried to rediscover that which landed him the Hank Aaron Award, given yearly to the very best offensive participant in Atlanta’s system. That 12 months, Harris completed with a .323 batting common, .389 on-base proportion and .498 slugging proportion throughout three ranges, swatting 14 homers and 26 doubles. But a full-time leap to AA has confirmed tough, as Harris had a slash line of .238/.338/.323 in 220 plate appearances with Mississippi this season.

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His common and slugging proportion are a tick decrease than the place they ended up final 12 months. His on-base proportion is just a few ticks greater. A thirty second-spherical pick of Missouri in 2018, Harris has performed all three outfield positions with a share of his appearances in proper. MLB Pipeline ranked him because the Braves’ twenty ninth-greatest prospect.

As lately famous by De Jon Watson, the Nationals’ director of participant growth, the group is brief on bats and total expertise in AA. A skinny, high-heavy system is highlighted by pitchers in Class-AAA Rochester and a handful of bats on the decrease degree. And whereas the hole shall be addressed when Brady House, Jeremy De La Rosa and TJ White, amongst others, advance sooner or later, there is no hurt in taking a flier on a struggling hitter reminiscent of Harris within the meantime.

The prices had been extraordinarily minimal. The subsequent step for the Nationals, then, is to see what number of offers like this they’ll discover.

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