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Washington Nationals Acquire Derek Norris

The Washington Nationals announced Friday they acquired catcher/first baseman Derek Norris from the San Diego Padres via trade. Norris (27) appeared in 125 games for the Friars last year, hitting 14 home runs and 42 RBI’s. Norris will be under the Nat’s control until 2019 when he exceedes arbitration eligibility. In exchange, Washington is sending the young right handed pitcher Pedro Avila to San Diego. Avila (19) has spent two years in the minor leagues, posting a career 14-10, 2.93 ERA, 1.21 WHIP.

Norris will be replacing Wilson Ramos, who ended the 2016 season on the disabled list with a torn ACL. Avila will be joining the Padres youth movement, in desperate need of starting pitchers. This is the first deal Padres manager A.J. Preller has made after serving his suspension for withholding medical information.

Mike Duda
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