The Cleveland Indians traded catcher Yan Gomes to the Washington Nationals on Friday in return for Minor League right-handed pitcher Jefry Rodriguez, minor league outfielder Daniel Johnson and a player to be named later.
“The Nationals have expressed consistent interest in Yan throughout the offseason,” Cleveland Indians Team President Chris Antonetti said. “They’re one of a handful of teams that expressed interest in him. The catching position was an interesting one. There were a number of teams that were seeking to upgrade their alternatives at catcher, and there were also a number of alternatives on the market in both free agency and trades. That was the dynamic we were navigating at the start of the offseason. It got to a point on a deal that we thought made sense for us.”
Yan Gomes was awarded his first career All-Star nod in 2018 after posting a solid .266 batting average with a career-high 26 doubles, 16 homers, and 48 runs batted in through 112 games. Gomes is a stellar defender and will be a solid addition to the Nationals’ club.
“We’re focused on trying to build a team that’s capable of winning another American League Central Division title in 2019 but is also positioned for success beyond that,” Antonetti said. “We’re in a fortunate position that we have a lot of players on our team that other teams value. And that leads to a lot of conversations this time of year. I wouldn’t want to get into any speculation around that.”
Jefry Rodriguez played in 14 games for the Nationals in 2018 and posted a 3-3 win-loss record with a 5.71 ERA in 52 innings. Daniel Johnson the majority of his 2018 season playing for Double-A Harrisburg.
The Indians will get some solid prospects while the Nationals will receive one of the best catchers in baseball to platoon with the newly acquired Kurt Suzuki.