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“[Suzuki] gives us another top major league-caliber catcher. Read into that what you want. He’s a good option for us in the major leagues. Ramos, we feel, is a great young catcher and he gives us some insurance that we’re going to have a top flight guy there.”

Freitas, a 15th-round selection in the 2010 draft, was highly regarded within the organization, but the Nationals viewed catcher as the one position they were willing to deal from in order to strengthen their major league team. They were not willing to part with any of their left-handed-hitting prospects or any of their top pitching prospects. Freitas, a California native, has moved up one level each year he’s been in the system. He was hitting .271 with a .374 on-base percentage and .407 slugging percentage with Single-A Potomac this season.

The Nationals have not announced their corresponding 25-man roster move, but Johnson said it was “logical” to think that Sandy Leon would be optioned back to the minor leagues. The team designated catcher Carlos Maldonado for assignment in order to clear room on the 40-man roster for Suzuki.