The Nationals traded utility player Jerry Hairston to the Milwaukee Brewers for minor league outfielder Erik Komatsu. Brian Bixler will be called up to take Hairston’s spot on the active roster.
Komatsu, 23, was drafted in the eighth round of the 2008 draft. At Class AA Huntsville this season, Komatsu has hit .294/.393/.416 with six home runs and 13 stolen bases.
Hairston filled a versatile, valuable role for the Nationals this season, becoming the regular third baseman as Ryan Zimmerman missed two months with a torn abdominal muscle. He also played left and center field and came off the bench as a right-handed pinch-hitter. Hairston hit .268/.342/.385 with four homers and two stolen bases in 75 games.
This winter, Hairston signed a $2 million, one-year deal to play for the Nationals. The Brewers will pick up the remainder of his salary, saving the Nationals about $650,000.
The Brewers and Nationals also completed a trade this spring, when the Nationals sent outfielder Nyjer Morgan to Milwaukee for minor league infielder Cutter Dykstra.