Nationals acquire All-Star catcher Yan Gomes from Indians

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By 106.7 The Fan

The Nationals have acquired All-Star catcher Yan Gomes via trade with the Cleveland Indians. Washington has now confirmed the deal.

Jon Heyman, after erroneously including Michael A. Taylor in the deal, amended his report to say that the Nats are sending minor-league outfielder Daniel Johnson to Cleveland. Johnson, 23, was a fifth-round pick by Washington in 2016. He batted .269 with seven homers and 35 RBI in 96 games between rookie league and Double-A Harrisburg in 2018.

Yan Gomes is being acquired by the #Nats. Gives them a nice catching combo with Suzuki. Minor League RF Daniel Johnson going the other way to #Indians . (sorry if you saw earlier that mentioned Michael Taylor; he's not involved)

— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 30, 2018

Daniel Johnson: 80 arm, 70 run, 60 raw power, doesn't square balls up consistently, but the bat is better now than it was a year ago. Instincts in CF cause the speed to play down a bit. Generally considered a 4th OF, but has everyday physical tools.

— Eric Longenhagen (@longenhagen) November 30, 2018

Along with Johnson, the Nationals are sending right-handed pitcher Jefry Rodriguez to Cleveland and a player to be named later.

Rodriguez, 25, went 3-3 with a 5.71 ERA in 14 games (eight starts), eating 52 innings for the Nationals as they gutted through a rash of injuries to their rotation in 2018.

Gomes, 31, is coming off a career year in which he slashed .266/.313/.449 with 16 home runs, 26 doubles and 48 RBI in 112 games. He also made his first All-Star appearance in seven seasons.

Gomes is under contract for the next three seasons, with club options in 2020 and 2021.

Gomes under club control for next three seasons - signed for $7M in 2019, with club options of $9M in ‘20 and $11M in ‘21. Suzuki signed a two-year, $10M free-agent contract.

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 30, 2018

The Nationals have added two catchers in the past two weeks of the offseason. 35-year-old Kurt Suzuki signed with Washington on a two-year, $10 million deal. That wraps $11 million up at the catcher position in 2019, for two quality veterans at the position.

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