Nationals of Commerce Iyer Adrianza – The Washington Post


En route to the trade deadline, the Washington Nationals swapped companion man Iyer Adrianza to the Atlanta Braves for 26-year-old defensive back Trey Harris on Monday. When both clubs announced the deal, there were about 30 hours left for the Nationals to make a sale for the second year in a row. They found a touchdown point for Adrianza – and scored a low-risk, low-cost player in the process – that was an early win on the sidelines.

Adrianza, 32, signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Nationals in March. Prior to that, he spent 2021 with the Braves, playing six different positions throughout the title season. With Washington, he spent most of the year recovering from a quad injury he suffered at the end of spring training. He appeared in 31 games and had a .179 batting average, .255 on base, and .202 cooldowns in 94 games. He had started recently, mostly to Michael Franco in third, probably because the last-place nationals wanted to show him before Tuesday’s deadline.

To replace Adrianza on the 26- and 40-man rosters, the Nationals will recall Class-AAA Rochester Red Wings player Ildemaro Vargas, according to a person familiar with the situation. Vargas, 31, is a smooth defender, a light hitter and batsman on both sides of the board. He’s been with four major league teams and had a short stint with the Chicago Cubs in May. To make way for Adrianza, Braves appointed Robinson Canó for the job.

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Aside from Juan Soto, and with Adrianza back in Atlanta, Washington still has Josh Bell, Nelson Cruz, Karl Edwards Jr., Steve Sysch and Kyle Finnegan likely to move in before 6pm ET on Tuesday. And since Adrianza was kind of a somewhat surprising trading chip, it’s worth noting that it’s hard to know exactly what contenders need before the extended run. In that sense, the exchange looked similar to what Nationals sent John Leicester to the St. Louis Cardinals for defensive back Lynne Thomas in 2021.

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Harris hasn’t played above Class-AA, which means he’s well behind where Thomas was when he arrived in Washington — and he hadn’t made his debut yet, under team control for six seasons once his service hour began. In general, though, the depth lever is more valuable than the light-hit utility trigger. The analog is that at last chance to get players from other clubs, the Braves have a definite role in Adrianza’s mind and he will likely see a limited rise with Harris. This has made them good business partners with the Nationals, even with General Manager Mike Rizzo’s loose rule of not shopping for players within the division.

For the past two seasons, Harris has been with the Class AA Mississippi Braves. And since 2019, the right-handed hitter has attempted to rediscover what gave him the Hank Aaron Award, awarded annually to the best offensive player in the Atlanta system. That year, Harris finished with a .323 batting average, .389 on a percentage basis and .498 batting averages across three levels, hitting 14 homers and 26 doubles. But a full-time jump to AA has proven difficult, as Harris has had a slash of .238/.338/.323 in 220 appearances with the Mississippi this season.

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His rate and sluggish rate are lower than where he finished last year. The percentage on the base is slightly higher than the tick. In the 32nd round of Missouri State in 2018, Harris played all three outside positions with a share of his appearances on the right. MLB Pipeline ranked him as the 29th best player in the Braves.

As De Jon Watson, director of player development for the Nationals, recently noted, the organization lacks bats and overall talent at AA. A thin, heavy system is accentuated by Rochester’s AAA pitchers and a handful of lower-level bats. And while the gap will be addressed when Brady House, Jeremy De La Rosa and T.J. White, among others, advance in the future, there’s no harm in taking a pilot on a struggling hitter like Harris in the meantime.

The costs were very minimal. The next step for citizens, then, is to see how many deals they can find.

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