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Bill Ladson

Nats send lefty Detwiler to Texas for Minor Leaguers

Nats send lefty Detwiler to Texas for Minor Leaguers

SAN DIEGO -- The Nationals have traded left-hander Ross Detwiler to the Rangers for two Minor Leaguers.

Right-hander Abel De Los Santos and infielder Chris Bostick are the Minor Leaguers the Nationals are getting in return, as the deal was officially announced on Friday.

Earlier this month, the Nationals tendered Detwiler a contract, but they were listening to trade offers for the left-hander throughout this week's Winter Meetings.

Detwiler, who was Mike Rizzo's first Draft pick in 2007 (first round, sixth overall) after joining the Nationals the previous year, is coming off an up-and-down season in 2014. After being in the rotation the previous two years, the Nationals decided put Detwiler in the bullpen as a long man.

Top Prospects: Bostick, WSH

In 47 appearances, Detwiler had a 4.00 ERA in 63 innings. Even when the Nationals needed an emergency starter, Detwiler was bypassed, and he was not on the Nationals' postseason roster.

Detwiler is 20-32 with a 3.82 ERA in 132 games (69 starts) in his big league career.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.