Nationals Get Infielder Bixler From Pirates

The Washington Nationals and Pittsburgh Pirates aren't exactly in any position to battle for playoff spots, but that doesn't mean they can't pull off a trade. The two teams agreed to send infielder Brian Bixler to Washington in exchange for cash considerations.

You'll have to forgive Brian Bixler if he's feeling a little confused about where he belongs and how he fits in. Back in January, the Pirates traded him to Cleveland only to reacquire him six months later. Now, about a month later, they've decided to trade him again and have sent him to the Nationals in exchange for those ever-popular cash considerations.

Bixler is hitting a combined .264 this season and is a career .281 hitter in the minors. Bixler played parts of each of the last two seasons with the Pirates and has a career average of .178 in 68 major league games.

Pittsburgh drafted Bixler in the second round of the 2004 Draft and he played in the Pirates organization all of his career until being traded to Cleveland during the off-season.

Bixler will report to AAA Syracuse with a potential call-up when the major league rosters expand in September.

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