Nats acquire lefty to complete Morse trade

Nats acquire lefty to complete Morse trade
March 20, 2013, 5:30 pm
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JUPITER, Fla. -- The Nationals have acquired left-hander Ian Krol, rated as the Athletics' 12th-best prospect entering the season, as the player to be named in January's three-team trade that sent Michael Morse to Seattle.

Krol, 21, joins right-handers A.J. Cole and Blake Treinin as players picked up in the Morse deal, giving the Nationals three pitching prospects in exchange for the slugging left fielder/first baseman. Catcher John Jaso also went from Seattle to Oakland in the trade.

A seventh-round pick in the 2009 draft out of Naperville, Ill., Krol was named the Athletics' minor-league pitcher of the year in 2010 after going 10-4 with a 2.80 ERA in 28 combined games between low-Class A Kane County and high-Class A Stockton. His stock has since fallen, though, after a forearm injury and a suspension for posting a homophobic slur on his Twitter account limited him to only three appearances in 2011.

Krol reached Class AA last year, making eight relief appearances, but overall finished 2-9 with a 5.20 ERA in 29 total games between Stockton and Midland. He was rated Oakland's 12th-best prospect entering this season.