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Once rumored as a target of the Nationals, lefty reliever Eric O'Flaherty has signed with the Oakland Athletics on a two-year deal. And, in order to make room for him on the As roster, former Nationals outfielder Corey Brown has been designated for assignment.
O'Flaherty was linked to the Nats in their search for left-handed bullpen help. The 28-year-old made 19 appearances with the Braves last season before undergoing Tommy John surgery. He is still recovering and won't be ready until several months into the season.
The Nationals showed interest in O'Flaherty before they pulled off a trade with the Athletics for Jerry Blevins. They later made another trade to send Brown to Oakland for cash considerations.
Brown played a total of 36 games for the Nationals over the last three seasons. The 28-year-old was originally acquired by the Nationals from the As in a trade that sent Josh Willingham to Oakland.
ESPN first reported the news.