Nationals Trade Willingham to Athletics

Posted by Dave Nichols | Thursday, December 16, 2010 | , , , , | 0 comments »

(D.Nichols/Nats News Network)

Multiple sources have confirmed the Washington Nationals have traded OF Josh Willingham, due for a big raise in arbitration, to the Oakland Athletics for two players, one reportedly to have Major League experience.

We're still working on the details of the deal, as the transaction is pending physicals of the players involved.

Willingham will be 32 at the start of next season.  He hit .268/.389/.459 with 16 home runs and 56 RBIs in 114 games (450 plate appearances).  His season was cut short due to meniscus (knee) surgery.

The Hammer was in line for a big pay raise in arbitration over the $4.6 million he made last season, and the Nats were reluctant to negotiate a long-term deal for the oft-injured outfielder.  Plus, GM Mike Rizzo has made a point of increasing the athleticism on the team, and the most likely plan now is to see Roger Bernadina, a player both Rizzo and manager Jim Riggleman rave about, takeover that spot full-time.

More details as they become available.

(C.Nichols/Nats News Network)