The Washington Nationals have re-acquired catcher Derek Norris via trade with the San Diego Padres. Norris rejoins the organization that he began his career with after the Nationals traded him along with pitchers A.J. Cole, Tommy Milone, and Brad Peacock in exchange for Gio Gonzalez and Robert Gilliam. Ironically, Norris and Cole are now both back with the Nationals.
The Nationals needed to find a starting catcher this offseason as Wilson Ramos' contract expired following the season. The team likely would've re-signed Ramos had he not blown out his knee towards the end of the season. He's not expected to be ready to return until July or August which made catcher one of the biggest offseason needs for the Nationals.
Headed to the Padres will be 19-year-old right-handed pitcher Pedro Avila. In 2015, Avila spent time in rookie league and ended up going 6-3 with a 2.26 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and an 87-to-17 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 63.2 innings pitched.
Avila spent 2016 with the Hagerstown Suns in Low-A ball and went 7-7 with a 3.48 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and a 92-38 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 93 innings pitched. Avila has shown great control for such a young pitcher and could be a quick mover through the minor leagues if he can continue to locate his pitches.null