Sep 9, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcherRoss Detwiler
(48) pitches during the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park. Washington Nationals defeated against the Atlanta Braves 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
After a week of endless rumors and speculation at the Winter Meeting, the Washington Nationals finally made their first deal of the offseason Thursday.
According to multiple reports, the Nationals have traded left-hander Ross Detwiler to the Texas Rangers in exchange for two minor leaguers.
We still don’t know who those minor leaguers are, but according to Jeff Passan from Yahoo Sports!, one is a reliever and the other is an infielder.
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The Nationals selected Detwiler in the first round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft and the left-hander was expected to become a key part of the Nationals’ rotation for years. But after starting for the Nationals at times in 2012 and 2013, Detwiler was moved to the bullpen in 2014 and no longer fit into the team’s future plans.
The left-hander had a disappointing season out of the bullpen in 2014, going 2-3 with a 4.00 ERA, 21 walks and 39 strikeouts in 63 innings of work.
The 28-year-old’s best season with the Nationals came in 2012, when he helped lead the team to its first playoff appearance with a 10-8 record and a 3.40 ERA in 164 1/3 innings.