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Shawin Kelley designated to Oakland Athletics in exchange of slot money

Kelley slammed his glove to the ground after giving up Austin Jackson's two-run homer and appeared to the lone person unhappy after the historic offensive showing for the Nationals. General manager Mike Rizzo took notice.


Reuters 05 Aug 2018, 11:33 PM United States
  • Kelley, 1-0 with a 3.34 ERA in 35 games this season, was removed from Washington's roster on Wednesday, one day after throwing a tirade in the final inning of a 25-4 victory over the New York Mets. (Image Credit: Twitter)

Shawn Kelley, designated for assignment by the Washington Nationals last week under contentious circumstances, was dealt to the Oakland A's on Sunday.

The Athletics received the right-handed reliever and cash considerations from the Nationals in exchange for international slot money.

Kelley, 1-0 with a 3.34 ERA in 35 games this season, was removed from Washington's roster on Wednesday, one day after throwing a tirade in the final inning of a 25-4 victory over the New York Mets.

Kelley slammed his glove to the ground after giving up Austin Jackson's two-run homer and appeared to the lone person unhappy after the historic offensive showing for the Nationals. General manager Mike Rizzo took notice.

"You're either in or you're in the way," Rizzo said. "I thought he was in the way.

"I thought the act that he portrayed on the field was disrespectful to the name on the front of the jersey, the organization, specifically (manager) Davey Martinez."

However, Kelley's agent, Mike McCann, said the pitcher's attitude was unrelated to being asked to enter the contest with Washington leading 25-1. He said Kelly was frustrated because plate umpire Adrian Johnson asked him to work more quickly while second base umpire Tripp Gibson requested he slow down or be called for a balk.

"He knows throwing the glove was wrong," McCann said. "It was unfortunate, but it had absolutely nothing to do with frustration with the Nationals. He wishes the Nationals and his teammates the best of luck the rest of the way."

Kelley is 26-23 with a 3.73 ERA and 15 saves in 424 career games since his 2009 debut. He pitched for the Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees and San Diego Padres before joining Washington in 2016.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the A's recalled outfielder Jake Smolinski from Triple-A Nashville and placed him on the 60-day disabled list due to a blood clot in his left calf.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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