Nats Aquire Catcher Jamie Burke; Place Flores on 60-Day DL

Posted by Cheryl Nichols | Thursday, September 17, 2009 | , , , , | 1 comments »

Catcher Wil Nieves was injured in third inning of tonight's game in Philly and is being evaluated.  Josh Bard replaced Nieves in the game.  After the game, the Nationals announced that they acquired journeyman catcher Jamie Burke from the Mariners and placed Jesus Flores on the 60-Day DL.

**Updated 11;25pm: "With Wil a little gimpy -- we don't know how long it will be; probably a couple days -- and with Bardo a little gimpy, we needed another guy," Rizzo explained. "Jamie Burke is a guy that Jim [Riggleman] knows well. He's a complementary back-up guy."

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Press Release:


The Washington Nationals today acquired catcher Jamie Burke from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for cash considerations and placed catcher Jesus Flores on the 60-Day Disabled List (right labrum). Nationals Senior Vice President and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Burke is a solid defensive catcher, who has played parts of seven seasons in the Major Leagues during his 17-year career. The 37-year-old has batted .282 (107-for-380) with 20 doubles, three home runs and 38 RBI in 184 career big-league contests. He has posted a .280 (1183-for-4227) batting average with 54 home runs and 535 RBI in 1209 career minor-league contests.

In a backup role this season, Burke appeared 13 games with Seattle and batted .284 (23-for-81) with 11 RBI in 22 games with Tacoma of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League.


  1. Wil Nieves // September 18, 2009 at 12:37 PM  

    Do they announce how much cash they give for a player? I'm just wondering what the going rate is these days...