The Washington Nationals acquired 22-year-old left-hander Matthew Spann on Thursday, completing their Aug. 23 trade with the Tampa Bay Rays for outfielder David DeJesus.
Spann, a 25th round pick of the Rays’ in 2010, is a tall left-handed pitcher who was converted to a reliever this season and posted a 2.87 ERA in 19 games at high Single-A. He started four of those games, though, and as a reliever, that ERA dropped to 2.50.
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Thursday that while he himself has never seen Spann pitch, the team got good reports on him. He is a lanky lefty at 6-foot-7 and 185 pounds.
The announcement culminated multiple moves that the Nationals made in late August as their waiver position allowed them to claim DeJesus from the Cubs feeling that he could be a contributor to their roster but also knowing that he may be coveted by other contenders.
The Nationals acquired DeJesus on Aug. 19, while they were in Chicago to play the Cubs, and released Roger Bernadina to clear space on their roster. They immediately put DeJesus on waivers again, and the Rays claimed him, resulting in the Aug. 23 deal for a player to be named.
Spann completed the deal on Thursday.