A’s Send RHPs Guasch and Shuman and C Millas to the Nationals
OAKLAND, Calif. – The Oakland A’s have acquired catcher Yan Gomes, infielder/outfielder Josh Harrison and cash considerations from the Washington Nationals for minor league right-handed pitchers Richard Guasch and Seth Shuman and minor league catcher Drew Millas, the club announced today.
Gomes is batting .271 with nine home runs and 35 RBI in 63 games with Washington. He has thrown out 16-of-44 (36.4%) attempted base stealers and is tied for second in the majors in most caught stealing. The 34-year-old right-handed hitter is batting .340 with runners in scoring position, .333 in July and .365 against left-handed hitters. Gomes is a .248 career hitter with 112 home runs and 399 RBI in 842 games in 10 seasons in the majors with Toronto (2012), Cleveland (2013-18) and Washington (2019-21). He was a National League All-Star in 2018, a Silver Slugger in 2014 and has played in the postseason five times, including 2019 for the World Series Champion Nationals.
Harrison is batting .294 with 23 doubles, two triples, six home runs and 38 RBI in 90 games with Washington. He is tied for fifth in the National League in hit by pitches (12), ranks sixth in plate appearances per strikeout (7.18) and tied for 10th in doubles. The 34-year-old right-handed hitter is batting .304 with runners in scoring position and .412 since the All-Star Break. Harrison has started 61 games at second base, 12 in left field, eight at third base, two in center field and one in right field and has played every position except catcher in his career. He is a .275 career hitter with 62 home runs and 329 RBI in 1,001 games in 11 seasons with Pittsburgh (2011-18), Detroit (2019) and Washington (2020-21). Harrison was an NL All-Star for the Pirates in 2014 and 17.
Guasch is 1-4 with a 4.67 ERA in 13 games, nine starts, for High-A Lansing. He has 68 strikeouts in 54.0 innings but has also walked 29. The native of Cuba signed with the A’s on July 13, 2018 and is 2-8 with a 3.89 ERA in 39 games, 25 starts, in three seasons in the A’s farm system.
Millas was the A’s seventh round selection in the 2019 First-Year Player draft and made his professional debut this year at High-A Lansing. He is hitting .255 with three home runs, 28 RBI, 41 walks (.372 on-base percentage) and 10 stolen bases in 59 games.
Shuman is also pitching for High-A Lansing and is 2-3 with a 2.25 ERA in 13 games, 11 starts. He has 62 strikeouts in 56.0 innings and has surrendered just four home runs. Shuman was the A’s sixth round pick in 2019 and is 2-6 with a 2.31 ERA in 24 games, 19 starts, in two seasons.