Rays acquire Bethancourt from Athletics

Posted: 09/07/2022 in MLB
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The Tampa Bay Rays traded for Oakland Athletics catcher/first baseman Christian Bethancourt, the clubs announced Saturday.

Oakland will receive Triple-A outfielder Cal Stevenson and Single-A pitcher Christian Fernandez in return.

Bethancourt has appeared in 56 games for the Athletics this season, his first in the majors since 2017. The 30-year-old is hitting .249/.298/.385 with four home runs and 19 RBIs.

The veteran figures to provide insurance behind the plate while Mike Zunino sits on the IL with a shoulder injury. Francisco Mejia and Rene Pinto have split time at catcher in Zunino’s absence.

The 25-year-old Stevenson is slashing .265/.376/.353 with two homers and 17 RBIs in his first season with the Durham Bulls. Meanwhile, Fernandez, a 22-year-old Venezuelan, is 5-2 with a 2.79 ERA and 87 strikeouts in 16 games, including eight starts for the Charleston RiverDogs.

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