Nationals acquire catcher Jamie Burke
In need to replace Wil Nieves, who suffered a left hamstring injury on Thursday night, the Nationals acquired catcher Jamie Burke from the Mariners in exchange for cash considerations and placed catcher Jesus Flores on the 60-day disabled List.
General manager Mike Rizzo made this deal shortly after Nieves was hurt. The Nationals couldn’t go to their Minor League system because there is nobody that could help them right now.
Interim manager Jim Riggleman managed Burke in Seattle last year. Burke is a solid defensive catcher, who has played parts of seven seasons in the Major Leagues during his 17-year career. Burke, 37, hit .282 (107-for-380) with three home runs and 38 RBI in 184 career big-league games. He has posted a .280 (1183-for-4227) batting average with 54 home runs and 535 RBI in 1209 career minor-league contests.
“He is a good catch and throw guy, but he gets his hits,” Riggleman said. “He is a quality guy, total team guy, character person. He will help us get through those injuries.”
In a backup role this season, Burke appeared 13 games with Seattle, hitting .284 (23-for-81) with 11 RBI in 22 games with Tacoma of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League.