In order to trim the roster Washington has traded infielder Alberto Gonzalez to the Padres for minor league pitcher Erik Davis as well as cash considerations.
Gonzalez who has been with Washington since the mid 2008 season often frustrated Nationals staff last season with his complaints over a lack of playing time. So it should really come of no surprise to anyone that he has been traded or that he had been on the trade block for weeks.
Gonzalez is a below average hitter with a solid glove who with his attitude last season and the addition of players such as Alex Cora and Jerry Hairston became easily dispensable.
Gonzalez who will turn 28 this April is a .253 lifetime hitter with a .292 on base percentage. Gonzalez helped his trade stock with a strong spring batting .377 with 20 hits for the Nationals. So the timing was definitely right for the Nats to move him now.
Now as for the Nats newest acquisition Erik Davis 24, he has a minor league record of 32 and 9 with an era of 3.49 since being drafted by the Padres in 2008. Davis has a high 80s to low 90s fastball with good command and while he is not considered a top prospect could eventually become a mid to back of the end rotation pitcher.
Davis has won 30 games over the last two seasons which is the most out of any minor league pitcher and was a college teammate of Nationals pitcher Drew Storen.