Jul 31, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Aaron Barrett (30) throws during the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

District Daily: Barrett Sent to Triple-A to Work Out Kinks, Nats and Braves Try To Outdo One Another At Trade Deadline

Start off your weekend with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web:

Barrett sent to Triple-A to work out some kinks

(Bill Ladson and Andrew Simon, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — After a rocky July interrupted his stellar rookie season, Nationals reliever Aaron Barrett was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse before Friday night’s game against the Phillies to open a roster spot for newcomer Asdrubal Cabrera.

Fellow rookie right-hander Blake Treinen, recalled Thursday, will remain in the bullpen to provide an extra long man while Barrett tries to straighten some things out in the Minors. Read full article here.

NL East Rivals Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals Try To Outdo One Another At Trade Deadline

(Jacob Dennis, Rant Sports)

While the Miami Marlins have made an attempt to charge up the NL East standings in recent weeks, the division is really a two-horse race between the Atlanta Braves and theWashington Nationals. Both teams made trades before Thursday’s deadline, and while neither move was especially attractive or flashy, both teams were smart to address pressing needs. So, whose roster improved more Thursday: Atlanta’s or Washington’s? Read full article here.

Meet the new second baseman: Asdrubal Cabrera arrives at Nationals Park

(James Wagner, Washington Post)

The new infielder arrived at Nationals Park on Friday afternoon and headed straight into the coaches’ office next to the clubhouse. Asdrubal Cabrera shook hands with each of the coaches and Manager Matt Williams. He told them all he was ready to play and eager to join the Washington Nationals. Williams inserted his name into the lineup against the Philadelphia Phillies, batting seventh and starting at second base.

The day before, while in Cleveland and in the trainer’s room, Cabrera was called into the manager’s office by Terry Francona and told he had been traded to Washington. For several years, and especially in the final season of his current contract, Cabrera had a feeling he could be dealt. And now, sitting in the Nationals’ clubhouse, jumping from a team fighting to reach .500 to a team in first place, Cabrera was thrilled for his new opportunity. Read full article here.

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