The Washington Nationals made a trade yesterday sending outfiedler Josh Willingham to the Oakland Athletics for right-handed pitcher Henry Rodriguez and outfielder Corey Brown.

Rodriguez, 23 is a hard throwing relief pitcher with an average fastball velocity of 98.45 miles per hour.  He began the 2010 season with Sacremento-AAA and recorded 11-saves and a 1.69 ERA before be called up to Oakland in June.  With the A’s he was 1-0 with a 4.55 ERA in 29 appearances.  He is expected to compete for the Nationals closer position in spring training.

Brown, 25, was the A’s number one pick in the 2007 June draft out of Oklahoma State.  Last season he dominated AA-Midland batting .320 with 10 HR and 49 RBI in 90 games.  He was called up to AAA-Sacremento in July and appeared in 41 games and batted only .193 with 5 HR and 20 RBI.  An extra base machine Brown has over 170 in 390 minor league games.

It’s likely both players will compete for major league jobs – Rodriguez in the Nats bullpen and Brown as an extra outfielder.


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