Athletics re-acquire Kurt Suzuki from Nationals

08/23/2013 1:27 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Kurt Suzuki is headed back to the Bay Area, where he spent most of his first six MLB seasons.(AP)
The Oakland Athletics re-acquired catcher Kurt Suzuki on Friday morning, getting him back from the Washington Nationals in exchange for Minor League RHP Dakota Bacus.

Suzuki, 29, was drafted by the Athletics in the second round of the 2004 draft by the A’s, made his Major League debut in 2007, and hit .254 over six seasons in Oakland before being traded to the Washington last August.

He was hitting .222 with three homers and 25 RBI in 79 games for the Nationals, and will likely step back in as the everyday backstop for an Athletics team short on healthy catchers; John Jaso, who has been out since July 25 with a concussion, could miss the rest of the year, Derek Norris left Tuesday’s game with a fractured big toe, and their top catcher at Triple-A, Luke Montz, is out with a shoulder injury.

Somewhat ironically, Montz’s injury has left the bulk of the recent Triple-A catching duties to David Freitas, who was acquired from the Nats last year in the first Suzuki deal.

The Nationals are expected to pick up roughly half of the $675,000 remaining on Suzuki’s contract as part of this deal, and in return they also get Bacus, a ninth-round pick in 2012 who was 9-5 with a 3.56 ERA in 26 games (16 starts) at Class-A Beloit.

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