OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Athletics have acquired Kurt Suzuki from the Washington Nationals to boost their injury situation at the position, bringing back a former fan favorite.
The A's are sending Class-A starter Dakota Bacus to the Nationals in the swap, while Washington is paying $995,000 to Oakland as its portion remaining on Suzuki's 2013 salary.
Suzuki, selected by the A's in the second round of the 2004 amateur draft, spent parts of the past two seasons with Washington after six in Oakland. He's batting .222 with three homers and 25 RBIs in 79 games.
Suzuki, originally traded to the Nationals on Aug. 3, 2012, fills a need for the pennant race. John Jaso has a concussion and Derek Norris broke a left toe Tuesday.
The San Francisco Chronicle first reported the deal.