Nationals Trade for Logan Kensing

Posted by Dave Nichols | Wednesday, April 29, 2009 | , , | 2 comments »

The Washington Nationals just announced that they have traded for reliever Logan Kensing, formerly of the Florida Marlins.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:
The Washington Nationals today acquired right-handed pitcher Logan Kensing from the Florida Marlins in exchange for right-handed pitcher Kyle Gunderson. To make room on the roster, the Nationals transferred outfielder Roger Bernadina from the 15- to the 60-Day Disabled List. Nationals Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Baseball Operations Mike Rizzo made the announcements.

Kensing, 26, joins the Nationals after going 7-8 with 20 holds and a 5.21 ERA (77 ER/133.0 IP) in 108 career games (three starts) spanning five seasons with Florida. Kensing is expected to be in a Nationals uniform for tonight’s series finale at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park.

A hard thrower, Kensing has averaged nearly a strikeout per inning—or 8.9 per 9.0 innings—during his career (131 SO in 133.0 big league innings). He was Florida’s second-round selection in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft after a standout career at Texas A&M.
There was no corresponding move announced regarding who would be dropped from the active roster, but we should know shortly.

As for the player given up, Kyle Gunderson is a 24-year old right handed pitcher. He was a 48th round pick in the 2007 draft. He has been used exclusively as a reliever in the minors, appearing in 54 games with the Gulf Cost Nationals, Hagerstown and Potomac. He's 5-3 with 12 saves and a 1.98 ERA. He's struck out 61 and walked 18 in 86.1 innings pitched.

THE TAKEAWAY: This was a "we need help NOW" move. Gunderson's already 24 and still pitching in Class A ball, so even though it's trading younger for older, the Nats need to get some help to mitigate the disaster that this bullpen is.

Kensing is a hard thrower and a strikeout guy--two things the Nats bullpen doesn't have much of. He's been fairly terrible this season though, giving up 17.2 hits per nine innings and a 9.82 ERA in six games. But his strikeout rate is still near his lifetime average, so he's got that going for him, which is good.

It will be really interesting to find out who gets dropped from the roster before game time.

UPDATE: Nats send Bergmann back to Syracuse. Can't believe Bergy is less useful than Rivera right now, but what do I know?

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