OAKLAND — The Oakland Athletics acquired catcher Kurt Suzuki from the Washington Nationals on Friday.
The move boosts an injury situation at the position, bringing back a former fan favorite just more than a year after trading him.
The A's are sending Class A starter Dakota Bacus to the Nationals in the swap, while Washington is paying $995,000 to Oakland as its portion remaining on Suzuki's 2013 salary.
He left Chicago where the Nationals were playing and was set to join Oakland in Baltimore for a weekend series with the Orioles.
"It feels good," Suzuki said in the A's clubhouse. "I'm shocked to say the least. I mean I couldn't be happier to come back where it all started and help this team get into the playoffs."