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Minor League Reliever Is PTBNL in Belliard Deal

The Nationals have acquired pitcher Victor Garate off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers, completing the Ronnie Belliard trade. Garate, who turns 25 later this month, is a left-handed reliever who was putting up strong numbers for Los Angeles's Class AA affiliate in the Southern League. In 47 appearances with Chattanooga, Garate had a 2.04 ERA (53 innings) with 56 strikeouts and 23 walks.

Garate will be added to Washington's 40-man roster.

The acquisition of Garate completes the Sunday trade that swapped Belliard for Luis Garcia, a minor league reliever, and a player-to-be-named later.

I'll have more details on the plan for Garate after the game.

By Chico Harlan  |  September 2, 2009; 3:57 PM ET
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Courtesy of Brian Oliver and the oft quoted NFA:

Acquired in the minor-league Rule 5 draft in December 2007, the Dodgers converted Garate from relief to starting, and he sailed through Low-A Great Lakes with a 1.05 ERA and 103 strikeouts against 92 baserunners in 77 2/3 innings. On July 5, he tied Clayton Kerhsaw’s Loons record with 12 strikeouts in a game. He was roughed up a bit after a promotion to Inland Empire, but I like his chances to taste the bigs by the end of 2010.

Posted by: periculum | September 2, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

The announcement from the Nationals does not say this is the PTBNL in the Belliard trade. This simply could be a waiver acquisition.

Posted by: Sidebar | September 2, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Could be a simple waiver acquisition, but if Garate was on the short list of PTBNL candidates then it would make sense for the Dodgers to let the Nats claim him and close the books on the Belliard deal.

That's the inference I'm drawing, anyhow. If I'm wrong, it won't be the first time.

Posted by: Hendo1 | September 2, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Garate is part of the trade. He had to pass thru waivers in order to make it to the Nats, thus the PTBNL tag.

Welcome aboard loogy!

Posted by: sec307 | September 2, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

He was with Chattanooga? Can we call him "Choo-Choo"?

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | September 2, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and let's score some runs!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | September 2, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Uh, let's score some runs "NATS"!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | September 2, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Runs? What are those? Our offense is already in hibernation mode until next spring.

Posted by: thepostischeap | September 2, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Good job, Sosa. The bases are loaded, and, with the way this game has gone, so am I. Pass the bourbon and Maalox, please...

Posted by: thepostischeap | September 2, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Lannon needs to be shut down for the rest of the year too; and 50 before 90 is looking tough; and will they find a place in some other system for the AG?

Posted by: grclarkdc1 | September 2, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

So they showed the "statue" of Tony Gwynn at Petco--what kind of a statue do you call that? He's only got 2 arms, no big wavy banner things on his bat.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | September 2, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Stuck in the office, does the game look as putrid as the box score suggests?

Posted by: norfolkoms | September 2, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Made my day, Sec3mysofa.

Posted by: patrick15 | September 2, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Yep, it was pretty ugly, norfolk. Come on home, Bob and Rob. We'll leave a light on for you. Nats, you can come on home, too.

One thing, on the pregame Bob said that Livo would start on Saturday. Hope that's true rather than the site's "probable pitchers" (which I just mistyped as "probably pitchers" ... heh). I'll be at Nats Park Saturday and would love to be part of the Welcome Home Livo committee.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | September 2, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Let's put is this way: the high point of the broadcast was a discussion of the film "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles." I love that movie, BTW.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | September 2, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Let's put "it," rather.

BTW, on my first reading of sec3's post I thought it referred to a "Tony Plush" statue.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | September 2, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

I have Tony Plush on the brain, evidently.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | September 2, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

In other news, the Houston Chronicle has a moving piece on Boone's comeback:

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | September 2, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Understandable. Many of us do.

Posted by: patrick15 | September 2, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

The Garate Kid!

Posted by: Kev29 | September 2, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Oh, that's good, Kev.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | September 2, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

So. Playoffs.

With their record now at 46-88, the Nats must win the rest of their games, Colorado and San Francisco must lose the rest of theirs that are not against each other, and the Giants must take two of three from the Rockies, resulting in all three teams finishing with identical 74-88 records.

Assuming all the other non-division-leading teams lose, draw, or forfeit a whole bunch of games such that no other team reaches that victory plateau.....this should put the Nats, Rockies, and Giants at the top of the wild card heap at season's end. Three-way playoff. Viola.

Then again Colorado or S.F. could win tonight and throw water on this wicked witch of possibilities.

Posted by: Ted_Striker | September 2, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

What started out in Chi-town as promising ended up in San Diego as dreadfull,shut out? yeah the hama from bama is slumping and Dunn looks...... and i'm going to quickly revisit Ray Knight's analysis that Zimm stands too far from the plate earlier this year i pointed out the same thing when Zimm went into a slump right after the hit streak.He can't cover the corner strike zone as Ray Knight pointed out anyway maybe Eck can lend some advice or maybe not,so does anyone think that Riggs hiring for 2010 is on the fence,like to "hear" some feedback, man we miss Nyjer!!

Posted by: dargregmag | September 2, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

You could argue that Zim and Dunn were the only position players in today's lineup who'd be on any other MLB team, pre-9/1.

Posted by: nats24 | September 2, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the laugh, Mr. Striker.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | September 2, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

uh, this isn't good. Just clicked on the game thread at the OP and saw this, which would explain the Livo on Saturday possibility: "Craig Stammen will have an MRI on his right elbow tomorrow and miss his Friday start. Garrett Mock will go for the #nationals instead."

Did anybody watch or listen to the postgame and hear this?

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | September 2, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Actually it was funny when Sosa was walking a bunch of guys and Robble said the outfielders were taking out condo leases.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | September 2, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

What happened to Stammen's elbow???????? Just what we need, another pitcher down. No, I didn't hear anything, am at work, eating my lunch now, trying to catch up.

Posted by: Nats_Lady | September 2, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Striker, that's good. All our pitchers are going to throw full game shutouts and we don't need any hitting because the opp's pitchers will walk our guys home and ... and ... and ...

Posted by: Nats_Lady | September 2, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

New post.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | September 2, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, that was funny about the condo leases. They also said that a pigeon had landed on one of the outfielders.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | September 2, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

He was with Chattanooga? Can we call him "Choo-Choo"?

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | September 2, 2009 4:43 PM |

Wow. That was lame.

Posted by: fischy | September 3, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

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