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Nunez for Gonzalez

The Nationals made one trade at today's deadline.


SS Alberto Gonzalez from Yankees


P Jhonny Nunez

Gonzalez, 25, will be coming to the Nationals; he'll be joining the team tomorrow, and when the Friday series against Cincinnati begins, Gonzalez will be in uniform. He's known as a defensive shortstop. In 14 major league at bats (all this season), Gonzalez has one hit.

In the minors, he's a career .278 hitter (in 1,818 ABs) with 11 HRs, 187 RBI, 53 stolen bases and a .383 slugging percentage.

So, the Nats need to make a roster move.

Manager Manny Acta said that will happen tonight, after the game. Reading between the lines, either Cristian Guzman will be placed on the disabled list or Felipe Lopez will be released. Early in his press conference today, Acta was asked about a potential Guzman DL trip, and he said, ominously, that it won't happen... "Yet." But then, he added, "Gonzalez is coming over here mainly because of the Guzman injury."

One other note about Gonzalez: He was part of the 2007 trade that sent Randy Johnson to New York from Arizona. So yes, Gonzalez is another former D-backs prospect.

Nunez, meanwhile, had come to the Nats in 2006 as part of the Marlon Anderson trade. Nunez had pitched this season with both Class A Potomac and Class AA Harrisburg. Season totals (2-8, 4.85 ERA). In five relief appearances with the Sens, though, he'd allowed just one run in eight innings.

By Chico Harlan  |  July 31, 2008; 4:40 PM ET
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