Langerhans traded to DC for Snelling

Langerhans traded to DC for Snelling

BOSTON -- Acquired in a trade with the Braves on Monday, Ryan Langerhans unpacked his bags at Fenway Park on Tuesday and introduced himself to his new teammates.

After going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and making an error in center field during Oakland's two-game split with the Red Sox, Langerhans packed his bags and said goodbye.

After a 6-4 loss to Boston on Wednesday, the A's sent Langerhans to the Washington Nationals in exchange for fellow outfielder Chris Snelling.

"You've just gotta laugh," Langerhans said. "I've never seen anything like it."

Then, with a resigned smile, he added, "I've enjoyed my time here."

That time was cut short when the A's got an opportunity to snag Snelling, a former Mariners prospect whom Oakland general Billy Beane has been after for some time. A's assistant GM David Forst said that the Nationals have been similarly enamored with Langerhans, but that the Braves were reluctant to trade him to a National League East foe.

"The first call we got [after trading for Langerhans] was from Washington," Forst said.

Snelling, 25, was batting .204 with a home run and seven RBIs in 24 games with Washington. He made 20 appearances in left field, including 10 starts, and hit .263 over his first 12 games before going 3-for 23 (.130) over his last 12 games.

"It was an opportunity to get a player who, when he's healthy, is an offensive threat," Forst said.

Snelling was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Seattle organization in 1999 and made his Major League debut with the Mariners in 2002. He also spent parts of the 2005 and 2006 seasons with Seattle and saw the most playing time there last year, when he batted .250 with three home runs and eight RBIs in 36 games.

Snelling was traded to Washington in December 2006, along with Emiliano Fruto, in exchange for Jose Vidro.

Mychael Urban is a national writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.