The Washington Nationals traded Brian Goodwin to the Kansas City Royals for Minor League pitcher Jacob Condra-Bogan on Sunday afternoon to relieve their overabundance of outfielders.
Along with Goodwin, the Nationals’ crowded outfield consisted of Bryce Harper, Juan Soto, Adam Eaton, and Michael A. Taylor, leaving almost no room for Goodwin to get any serious playing time. As a result of this, Goodwin has sat the bench for most of 2018 and has been restricted to a slash line of .200/.321/.354 batting line, 3 home runs, 3 stolen bases and a .674 OPS in just 79 plate appearances. While Goodwin played a larger roll in 2017, hitting .251 over 74 games, it just was not enough. Kansas City’s outfield is much less crowded and Goodwin will get a legitimate chance at a starting job in KC.
“Of course anybody would want to play a lot more, but he knew what his role was and he accepted it,” Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “He was sad because this is the first team that he’s played for. He knows no better. I said, ‘This will open up the doors for you and you’ll get a chance to play and you’ll kickstart your career.'”
Jacob Condra-Bogan has a 2.08 ERA with 39 strikeouts and two walks in 16 games with Class-A Lexington in 2018. The right-hander will join a large collection of young, promising pitching prospects in the Nationals’ farm system. The Nationals have not yet announced where Condra-Bogan will be assigned, but Jacob has a bright future ahead of him and if he continues to develop, the former first-round draft pick could play a big role for the Nationals in the years to come.