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Nats Make Minor League Trade

Let the hot stove (or at least the mildly warm stove) begin. To kick off the league's annual GM meetings (Monday-Thursday, in Dana Point, Calif.), the Nats have swapped minor leaguers with the Chicago Cubs. Here's the deal:

ACQUIRED BY WASHINGTON -- RHP Matt Avery

ACQUIRED BY CHICAGO -- LHP Ryan Buchter

For Avery, 25, this is something of a homecoming -- or at least it will be, if ever he advances to the big leagues. He's a Fairfax, Va., who attended the Landon School in Bethesda, Md. A 2005 ninth-round pick and a college teammate of Ryan Zimmerman at Virginia, Avery lifetime is 13-12 with a 3.56 ERA in 147 games, none above Class AA. Avery split the 2008 season between Class A and Class AA. In 32 games (and one start) with Class AA Tennessee in '08, Avery had a 4-2 record, a 4.45 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP. Seems his biggest difficulty is getting the ball over the plate. In 66-2/3 innings, he walked 35.

Buchter had been selected by the Nats in the 33rd round of the 2005 draft. He spent much of last year with Class A Hagerstown, where in 13 games (all as a reliever) he had a 2-2 record and a 3.26 ERA. He'll turn 22 in February.

By Chico Harlan  |  November 3, 2008; 4:07 PM ET
 
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Comments

Section138 here,

Avery is 6'5". Needed someone to replace the Wookie.

Posted by: phishisgr8 | November 4, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

I've seen Avery pitch at UVA, and I've followed him in the Cape Cod league and with the Cubs (A and AA). This big righty is the real deal. Walks a few too many, but usually when he first comes in at middle relief. Once he settles down, this kid brings it. Good coaching will fix the jitters- the Cubs never appreciated Avery, and they will live to regret it. You heard it here!

Posted by: truedat | November 6, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

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