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Nats trade for Poveda, sign Laffey to minor league deal

Mar 30, 2014, 9:09 PM EDT

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On the eve of Opening Day 2014, the Nationals made two small moves to help bolster their minor league pitching depth.

The Nats acquired right-hander Omar Poveda from the Chicago White Sox for cash considerations, and signed lefty Aaron Laffey to a minor league deal.

Poveda spent 2013 with the Atlanta Braves’ Triple-A affiliate. In 27 appearance with the Gwinnett Braves, Poveda held a 3.62 ERA in 164 innings pitched. He made 25 starts and struck out 133 batters.

Poveda has spent eight years in the minor leagues since turning pro. He originally signed out of the country of Venezuela as a free agent with the Texas Rangers. Povada has also spent time in the Marlins organization.

Laffey has seven years of MLB experience under his belt, most recently with the Blue Jays. He signed briefly with the Dodgers, Brewers and Orioles since, but did not appear with any of those teams.

Laffey – a native of Cumberland, MD – pitched in five games in 2013, four with the Mets and one with Toronto. He holds a career 4.45 ERA in 153 total MLB games.

  1. Sonny G 10 - Mar 30, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Hmmm…OK.

  2. sjm308 - Mar 30, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Rizzo just has to have more and more pitching.
    Can’t hurt can it?

  3. Section 222 - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    Random bizarre moment from MLB Network tonight — Harold Reynolds picks the O’s to win the AL East, and John Smoltz says it’s a tossup between the O’s and the Red Sox. I kid you not.

    • Candide - Mar 31, 2014 at 6:30 AM

      Yeah, I remember my first beer, too.

      • adcwonk - Mar 31, 2014 at 1:05 PM

        +1

  4. adcwonk - Mar 31, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    “3.62 ERA in 164 innings pitched.” in AAA last year.

    That seems like a great “let’s stash another guy in AAA just in case” move.

    I’m continually amazed at how many under-the-radar moves Rizzo makes. These guys often end up being small chess pieces that lead to bigger pieces, etc. And this one only costs some cash.

    Well done, GM!

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