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Topic - Fernando Abad
The Nationals have made yet another trade with the Athletics, this time sending lefty Fernando Abad to the A's for outfield prospect John Wooten.
Abad went 0-3 with a 3.35 ERA in 39 appearances for the Nationals last season. He spent 2010-12 with the Houston Astros and has a career record of 1-14 with a 4.56 ERA.
The Nationals added prospects Sammy Solis, Michael Taylor and Aaron Barrett to their 40-man roster, designating lefties Fernando Abad and Tyler Robertson for assignment.
Since Opening Day, the moves the Nationals have made — largely due to poor performance — have slowly acknowledged their errors in expectations.
An 8-5 defeat by the Milwaukee Brewers in a game the Nationals led by three runs in the sixth inning capped a 2-3 road trip. The Nationals have a 54-57 record to pair with an ever-growing deficit in the National League East (12) and the Wild Card (6 ½).
With runners on second and third and one out, Jason Kipnis hit a hard ground ball to the right side. First baseman Adam LaRoche made a diving backhanded stop and fired a throw to catcher Kurt Suzuki, but Drew Stubbs slid in with the winning run.
For a roster that was all but set from the outset of camp, the decision on whether J.C. Romero or Henry Rodriguez will get the Nationals' final bullpen spot, it seems, will come down to the spring's final day.
Young didn't sign with the Washington Nationals until Feb. 21, nine days after pitchers and catchers had reported to camp and begun the slow process of building toward the season. So the 6-foot-10 right-hander is a bit behind the rest of the group.
Werth wound up with a two-out, two-run double when Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez lost a ball in the sun to spark a six-run fourth inning Monday, and Washington beat Milwaukee 12-2 to cut its magic number for winning the NL East to five.
Justin Verlander slowed down the rampaging Mets, pitching seven solid innings Thursday to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 5-2 victory over New York.
Fernando Abad, called on to relieve him with one out, made what teammates agreed were good pitches.