- The Washington Times
Thursday, July 29, 2021

When the Nationals decided to sell at the trade deadline, general manager Mike Rizzo didn’t go halfway. The first blockbuster came with a deal to send starter Max Scherzer and shortstop Trea Turner to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Then late Thursday night, as the trade deadline ticked ever closer, Rizzo struck two more deals. Left fielder Kyle Schwarber is headed to the Boston Red Sox, Washington announced. And reliever Daniel Hudson will be traded to the San Diego Padres in a deal first reported by Robert Murray of FanSided.

In exchange for Schwarber, Washington will receive right-hander Aldo Ramirez from Boston, a 20-year-old who has a 2.03 ERA in eight starts for low Single-A Salem. He’s thrown 14 straight innings of scoreless baseball, and he’s rated as the Red Sox’s No. 19 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline.

Across three minor league seasons, Ramirez has a 2.72 ERA with 112 strikeouts and 27 walks in 27 games, 26 of which were starts.

Schwarber was one of the Nationals’ hottest hitters before he strained his hamstring. He clubbed 16 homers in a stretch of 18 games before his early July injury, but he’s been working his way back to fitness. With an American League team, he could be a prime candidate to slot in as a designated hitter.

The Padres are receiving Washington’s best late-inning reliever, and the Nationals already moved closer Brad Hand to the Toronto Blue Jays earlier Thursday. Hudson has a 2.20 ERA in 32 2/3 innings this year, mostly in high-leverage situations.

According to Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post, the Nationals are receiving right-hander Mason Thompson and shortstop Jordan Barley back from San Diego. Thompson is ranked the Padres’ No. 9 prospect, and he holds a 5.74 ERA this season in Triple-A ball. Barley plays in San Diego’s Low-A affiliate, and he’s hitting .240 with eight homers.

Hudson is currently on the COVID-19 injured list.

The Nationals are likely not done, with utilityman Josh Harrison and catcher Yan Gomes possibly on the move ahead of Friday’s 4 p.m. deadline. 

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