Athletics

A's acquire Harrison, Gomes from Nationals for prospects

Athletics

The Athletics acquired catcher Yan Gomes and utility player Josh Harrison and cash considerations from the Washington Nationals before the MLB trade deadline.

They gave up pitchers Richard Guasch and Seth Shuman along with catcher Drew Millas to the Nationals

Millas is the only prospect who was on the A's top 30 list.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan was first to report the news, citing sources.

Bringing on a catcher is an interesting transaction for the A’s at the deadline. For now, Sean Murphy is one of the best game planners in the league, but it could be a scenario of adding a veteran catcher to split time with him, a piece the team always appreciated having. Current backup Aramís García is only hitting .205 this season. 

Murphy also continues to get beat up behind the plate, so giving him a break and having an additional veteran presence from a 2019 World Season champion in the clubhouse will be a bonus heading into the postseason.

This season, Gomes is batting .271/.323/.454 with 59 hits and 35 RBI in 235 plate appearances. 

Bringing in the versatile Josh Harrison is going by the A’s playbook. This offers more moves for manager Bob Melvin, who enjoys having the likes of Tony Kemp, Jed Lowrie and Mark Canha, who are capable of multiple roles.

Two-time All-Star Harrison also could play in the designated hitter role to platoon with Mitch Moreland, depending on the pitching matchup. 

 

He’s currently batting .294 average with a .366 on-base percentage.

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