The Nationals have acquired catcher Yan Gomes from the Indians, the team announced Friday.
The #Nats have acquired catcher Yan Gomes from the Cleveland Indians.
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— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) December 1, 2018
The Indians received minor league outfielder Daniel Johnson in return. They will also get pitcher Jefry Rodriguez and a player to be named later.
We have acquired RHP Jefry Rodriguez, RF Daniel Johnson, and a player to be named later from the Nationals in exchange for C Yan Gomes. pic.twitter.com/kLm7Bdz80n
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) December 1, 2018
Washington has been in the market for a catcher since the 2017 offseason.
The team reportedly had interest in Marlins catcher JT Realmuto when he requested a trade last offseason.
The Nationals have had a disappointing couple of years of production from their catchers as Matt Wieters had one of the worst seasons of his career in 2017-18.
Washington did reach an agreement on a two-year deal with catcher Kurt Suzuki earlier this month.
The Indians have also reportedly been shopping several of their higher-priced players, including pitchers Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco.
But, Gomes has two years remaining on his six-year, $23 million deal so trading him would clear up some space as well.
Cleveland knows it will have to pay shortstop Francisco Lindor soon, as well as third baseman Jose Ramirez, resulting in the organization trying to get rid of some money so it will be easier to secure those deals.
Gomes was an All-Star in 2018 as he hit .266 with 16 home runs and 48 RBIs while throwing out 28.9 percent of base stealers.