Oakland deals Blevins to Nats for Burns

Oakland sent left-hander Jerry Blevins to the Washington

Nationals for minor league outfielder Billy Burns, the Athletics’

fifth trade in 10 days.

Blevins was 5-0 with a 3.15 ERA in a career-high 67 games this

year and has a 13-6 record with a 3.30 ERA in 281 big league games

over seven seasons, all with the Athletics. He’s averaged 8.1

strikeouts per nine innings.

The 24-year-old Burns hit .315 with 37 RBIs and 74 steals this

year for Class A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg. He was selected

Washington’s minor league player of the year.

The trade was announced Wednesday at the winter meetings.