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A's swap with Nats, boost bullpen with Abad

A's swap with Nats, boost bullpen with Abad

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OAKLAND -- Familiar trade partners Oakland and Washington were at it again Monday, agreeing to swap a pair of players.

The A's bolstered their bullpen depth by acquiring lefty reliever Fernando Abad from the Nationals in exchange for Class A outfielder John Wooten.

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Abad, who will turn 27 in December, pitched to a 3.35 ERA in 37 2/3 innings for Washington this year, averaging 7.6 strikeouts and 2.4 walks per nine innings. He was taken off the Nationals' 40-man roster last week when he was designated for assignment.

Abad spent 2010-12 with the Astros and has a career record of 1-14 with a 4.56 ERA.

The 22-year-old Wooten, a 37th-round Draft pick by the A's in 2012, hit .257 with 20 home runs in 133 games for Class A Beloit this year.

This marks the fifth trade consummated by the A's and Nationals in the last three years.

Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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