Jerry Blevins traded to Nationals for speedy minor league prospect

Just when you thought Billy Beane might be done wheeling and dealing, he has to go off his crazy pills. The latest A’s player to suddenly become a former A’s player? Lefty reliever Jerry Blevins, who was shipped to the Nationals today.

In return the A’s are getting a pretty attractive prospect in outfielder Billy Burns, which we swear is his real name and not some type of porn name.

Burns is still only 24, and saw action in both High-A and Double-A last season. He’s still probably not close to being an option for the big leagues, but after Beane sent Michael Choice to the Rangers last week in the Craig “Kitten Face” Gentry deal, some assumed Beane would refresh the pool of outfield prospects in the inevitable Brett Anderson trade. Well, that didn’t happen. But now here you go.

Blevins was excellent as a lefty, one-out-type of pitcher in the ‘pen last season, posting a 5-0 record, 3.15 ERA, 1.067 WHIP, 7.8 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9. But with the additions Beane has made in the offseason thus far, the bullpen suddenly got a little crowded, leaving Blevins, 30, expendable for the right price. And one of an organization’s top minor-leaguers for a situational reliever kind of sounds like it would quality as the “right price” to us. All indications right now are that Beane has picked the pocket of another GM, this time Mike Rizzo’s.

Fangraphs’ David Cameron (via Athletics Nation):

At any rate, Blevins looks all set to join his new team:

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