Just days after passing him through waivers, the Nationals have traded Tyler Moore to the Atlanta Braves for first baseman Nate Freiman.
Moore, 29, leaves the Nats after eight years in the organization. He was drafted in the 16th round of the 2008 MLB Draft out of Mississippi State.
Moore played four seasons for the Nationals, holding a .228 batting average in 277 career games. He hit .203 with six homers and 27 RBI in 2015 as a member of Washington's bench.
Moore now heads to Atlanta where he could get a better shot at playing time this season. With Clint Robinson already in place as the Nats' backup first baseman, Moore had become expendable. The Nationals outrighted him off their 40-man roster on March 25 because he was out of minor league options.
In Freiman the Nationals acquire a two-year MLB veteran who bats right-handed. Listed at 6-foot-8, Freiman is 29 years old. He was born in Washington, D.C., but went to high school in Massachusetts and attended Duke University.
Freiman has 116 MLB games under his belt, all with the Oakland Athletics. He holds a .256 career average with nine homers and 39 RBI.
Moore's best season with the Nationals was his rookie year in 2012. He held a .263 average with 10 homers and 29 RBI in 75 games. Moore will long be remembered for delivering the go-ahead RBI hit in Game 1 of the 2012 NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Moore thrived in a bench role as a rookie, but found trouble finding success in his other three MLB seasons. His OPS in 2012 was .840, but only .626 in the three years since.
Moore has never been given an extended look as an everyday player and he won't be getting that chance in Atlanta, either. The Braves have star Freddie Freeman, who is not only their best player but a centerpiece in their rebuilding effort.