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August 26, 2013

Transaction Analysis

DeJesus, and the Prodigal Son, in Tampa

by R.J. Anderson


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Acquired C-R Kurt Suzuki from the Nationals for RHP Dakota Bacus. [8/23]

Finding a reliable catcher is tough, so the A's had their hands full trying to find two. Stephen Vogt has stepped in for John Jaso (concussion) and now it's Suzuki's job to replace Derek Norris (fractured toe)—some symmetry, since Norris replaced Suzuki when the A's traded him to the Nationals. Suzuki, somehow only 29, doesn't offer much offensively, and grades poorly as a receiver. But he does know Oakland's staff and is credited with good leadership and blocking skills. Hardly an ideal package, yet for the cost of Bacus—whom Zach Mortimer covered here—the A's probably couldn't do better.

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