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Nationals get catcher Suzuki from A's

Aug. 3, 2012 at 7:19 PM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- The Washington Nationals Friday acquired catcher Kurt Suzuki from the Oakland Athletics for minor league catcher David Freitas.

Suzuki, 28, considered a defensive specialist, is hitting .218 with one homer and 18 RBI. Over the past three seasons, however, he has averaged .252 with 14 home runs.

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The catcher, who is under contract through 2013, passed through waivers and is likely to become the National League East-leading Nationals' No. 1 backstop, General Manager Mike Rizzo told The Washington Post.

"He's not a rental," Rizzo said. "He's going to be here for more than this season. He's a guy that can really take that rotation together and get it going even better than it already is."

Freitas, 23, was hitting .271 at Class A Potomac.

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