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Nationals send Brown back to A’s for cash

Dec 19, 2013, 12:40 PM EST

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The Nationals have traded Corey Brown to the Athletics, sending the outfielder back to the franchise that originally drafted him in the eighth deal struck between Mike Rizzo and Billy Beane in three years.

Brown had been designated for assignment last week by the Nationals, who needed to clear a space on their 40-man roster for recently acquired outfielder Nate McLouth. The 28-year-old was out of options and thus couldn’t be demoted to the minors without first clearing waivers.

Instead, the Nationals found another club willing to give something up to acquire Brown, though the return wasn’t in the form of another player but instead in cash considerations.

Originally acquired with Henry Rodriguez in the Dec. 2010 Josh Willingham trade, Brown enjoyed success in the Nationals’ farm system. He hit a .260 with 58 homers, 166 RBI and 66 doubles in 357 total games at Class AAA Syracuse over the last three seasons.

But Brown produced little during his few opportunities in the big leagues, hitting just .175 (7-for-40) with two homers, three doubles and four RBI in 36 total games spread out between 2011-13.

This, remarkably, is the eighth trade between the Nationals and A’s since the original Willingham-Brown-Rodriguez deal three years ago. And Brown becomes the third different player to now have been traded back-and-forth between Washington and Oakland during that span, along with Kurt Suzuki and A.J. Cole.

  1. Sonny G 10 - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    I guess this is better than getting nothing for him. I wonder how much cash we get.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      Clerical money and a case of sunflower seeds.

      I sure hope Corey makes their squad. Since he didn’t sign as a FA he must make the OD roster since he doesn’t have options or the process starts over with a DFA or trade.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Dec 19, 2013 at 1:59 PM

        Sunflower seeds can be expensive, especially if you buy organic.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:10 PM

        True, and those big seeds are expensive 😉

  2. tcostant - Dec 19, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    I think Rizzo has a bat phone that goes directly to Beane.

  3. philipd763 - Dec 19, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Well, that trade was a bust for the Nationals. At least Corey Brown didn’t torture the Nats fans like Henry Rodriguez did!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:04 PM


    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      But we came away with lasting value: the excellent expression “Pretty Fricken Bueno” will live on in Nats Culture.

    • TimDz - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:14 PM

      The trade didn’t really pan out for the Nats, as far as the players received…..

      To call it a bust is a bit of an exaggeration in my opinion. You have to take into consideration what we gave up versus what we received. Willingham had no future here whatsoever and he additionally (in hindsight) was blocking Morse. We later used Morse to get back a young pitcher with a high ceiling (AJ Cole…who we traded to get Gio). Additionally another piece of the Morse trade was sent to Detroit for Doug Fister…..

      Trades, in my opinion should not be looked at only in terms of the actual players, but also in terms of who was unblocked (Morse), and what the later trades got the team. Kind of like the six degrees of Kevin Bacon, The Baseball Edition.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Dec 19, 2013 at 4:58 PM

        Your opinion that Willingham wasn’t going to have a future in DC should have no bearing on making a lopsided trade and any comparisons to Fister makes little sense.

        What Dombrowski did is on him.

  4. philipd763 - Dec 19, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Rizzo is connected to the A’s as Bowden was connected with the Reds.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:09 PM

      I don’t think that is a fair comparison. Rizzo had no ties to the A’s and they are in the AL.

      Rizzo sees fair trading now with Beane after being Beane Balled on the Willingham trade.

      The fact that Rizzo made that Fister trade with the Tigers and the Span trade last year with the Twins shows he’s not fixated on 1 team like Bowden was on Reds pedigrees.

      • water47 - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:55 PM

        Actually, I agree somewhat with phillip. Rizzo and Beane seemed to be linked. Granted, I do not think it is in the same way that JimBo was linked to the Reds (I know the undervalued players on the Reds and can steal them and make my team awesome – well, sort of) but more in the vein of if I need to move or acquire a minor part then he will offer me something fair in return and they are also way off our radar when it comes to playing each other.

        Or maybe just maybe….

        Rizzo and Beane secretly co-own a small airline that services only the DC to Oakland route and they need to increase ridership.

        Either way, it seems to be a beneficial relationship for both.

      • Jefg - Dec 19, 2013 at 5:14 PM

        Much has to be said for the combination of how MLB29 handed Bowden a rather empty
        Cupboard with the Latin pipeline
        Was turned off. Granted the Jose Rijo scandal did not help the dry
        Latin culture
        Go back to 2002colon trade
        Cliff Lee, Brandon Phillips and
        Grady Sizemore would have made RFK more interesting in 2004-2009!!!???
        I wonder if Grady Sizemore has
        Anything left in the tank as a bench player.

  5. veejh - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    I’m gonna say we got around $100.

  6. Doc - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    So which team is the farm team???

  7. NatsLady - Dec 19, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Remember the Vermont Lake Monsters? Guess whose affiliate they are? Yep, Oakland took them when we took the Auburn Doubledays. Now why do you think a West Coast Team would want an affiliate in the East if not to get a good eye on prospects, and give a good eye to East Coast GMs….hmmm….

    They have a GREAT logo, too.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Dec 19, 2013 at 5:54 PM

      Interesting. And got me to wondering why the A’s are there and not here. Turns out there are only two (2) short-season A leagues in existence — the Northwest League (eight teams, including the Eugene Emeralds) and the New York-Penn League (14 teams, including the Lake Monsters and the Doubledays). Both the A’s and the Astros have their short-season A affiliates in the NY-PA league, while the Cubs have their affiliate (the Boise Hawks) in the NW league. All the others make more geographic sense. Interestingly, only 22 of the 30 MLB teams have short-season A affiliates; the other eight only have short-season teams at the Rookie League level. So I’m not sure I’d read too much into the A’s having a team in Vermont, but — then again — Billy Beane is clearly a smart guy…

  8. water47 - Dec 19, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    On a different subject, what do we think of the Rakuten Eagles keeping Tanaka? It seems this might work in the Nats favor. They do not have a spot for him this year and therefore have little interest in Tanaka bieng posted. But, next year, they may be in a totally different situation.

    1) If no extension for JZimm – he might get moved next off-season. If extended add $7-$10 million to his AAV
    2) Strasburg is closer to FA and they get a real read on his value.
    3) Detwiler does not perform and the young SPs are still not taking over.
    4) Soriano will be mostly off the books (deferred money is a long way off)
    5) Clip and Store will be pretty pricey next year
    6) Werth’s contract will only 3 yrs and $63 million left.

    Tanaka FA in Winter of 2014/15 gives them an acquirable asset that does not cost draft pick compensation.

    My preference is to extend JZim and if possible Fister. Let Stras make his bones this year and then go from there. A

  9. Jefg - Dec 19, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Curious to eventually see what other
    Farmhands brass adds to non- roster invitee list plus AAA/AA
    JD Martinez ex Astro ? Michael burgess? Joe Martinez? Scott Sizemore?
    Lol Ian Stewart??
    Gary Cathcart, Paul Menhart and Eric Fox SYR chiefs for Chiefs???

  10. nats128 - Dec 19, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    You cant believe this stuff. Orioles deal with Balfour is on the rocks!

  11. scnatsfan - Dec 19, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    The only bad thing about the Nats and A’s dealing is having to read over and over how people think we got nothing for Babe Willingham

    • unkyd59 - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:23 PM


    • NatsLady - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:42 PM


      • sjm308 - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:49 PM


  12. Section 222 - Dec 20, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    Face it: We got nothing for Willingham. This idea that it was a good trade because he was blocking Morse, who we traded to get AJ Cole back and got Krol too, who led to Fister, is nonsense. We could have just DFA’d Willingham and that would have happened.

    I take it back. We got H-Rod, who probably hurt the team more than he helped it. (That game he threw away in Atlanta in May still hurts.) And Corey Brown, who entertained the fans in Syracuse for several years and fetched a few bucks from the A’s when we gave him back. Yeah, great trade.

    That’s not to say that we should have kept Willingham. It’s to say that Rizzo misjudged the talent, or lack thereof, that he was getting in return. He’s done better lots of times, but this one was a bust.

    • nats128 - Dec 20, 2013 at 7:15 AM


    • nats128 - Dec 20, 2013 at 7:44 AM

      Section 222 that is one of the best rebuttal posts to these nonsensical posts that the trade was fine since Morse was being blocked.

      There are some here who think they have to stick up for Rizzo and thats not the case as Rizzo has made many good trades since. This trade was a learning experience for Rizzo who made this trade with out Kasten behind him and I think it was his 1st trade as such. Beane took advantage of Rizzo and if it wasnt Beane it would have been someone else. The good news is Beane is now a good trading partner.

      You only hope the Tigers fans will be posting like this on their Fister trade and how they got ripped off for years to come.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Dec 20, 2013 at 8:42 AM

        222, I tried to reply similarly at 4:58 yesterday. You did a much better job.

        128, let’s hope those Tiger fans do the same!





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