Via the National Post -
The Washington Nationals on Thursday acquired shortstop Alberto Gonzalez from the New York Yankees for righthander Johnny Nunez.
Considered an above-average defensive player, Gonzalez showed very little with the bat in two different stints with the Yankees this season, batting .071 (1-for-14) in 12 games.
Gonzalez, 25, was hitting .247 with one homer and 35 RBI in 106 games at Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
He is expected to join the Nationals on Friday and be in uniform for their game against the Cincinnati Reds.
Nunez, 22, split this season between Class A Potomac and Class AA Harrisburg, going a combined 2-8.
This will be the third stop for Nunez – as the Nationals acquired him from the Dodgers (two years ago). At best, he’s a work in progress. His issues: command, lack of a reliable breaking pitch, and fastball that’s only average right now – although some feel that his heater could improve as he gets stronger.
I don’t get this trade – at all. The only thing that I can guess is that the Yankees think Ramiro Pena is near being major league ready. Because, right now, if something happens to Derek Jeter, and it’s long-term, you’re looking at Wilson Betemit or Nick Green as your shortstop…if it’s not Pena. (And, don’t even start about shifting A-Rod to short…that will never happen.)