Catcher Kurt Suzuki has been traded to the Washington Nationals in exchange for minor league catcher David Freitas.
Suzuki, 28, is in the midst of one of his worst offensive seasons of his career, batting a paltry .218 with a career high strikeout percentage of 19 and a career low walk percentage of just three. But offensive woes aside, Suzuki remains one of the best defensive catchers in the league. Suzuki’s fielding percentage of .996 ranks second of all eligible catchers while his 3 rSB, Stolen Base Runs Saved, ranks him third.
In return, the A’s get a decorated Single-A prospect, David Freitas. A graduate of Elk Grove High School, Freitas was a the Nationals’ 15th-round selection in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. Since then, he’s been named a mid-season All-Star three times, as well as an “organizational” All-Star once.
Whereas Suzuki is known for his defensive prowess, Freitas is known for the opposite. With a career OBP of .398, Freitas knows how to get on base. In 1098 career plate appearance, he has drawn 155 walks. It is clear that Freitas is Billy Beane material.
For now, it looks as though the A’s will platoon Derrick Norris and the recently acquired George Kottaras at catcher.