The Cubs and Nationals swapped minor league pitchers on Monday. Chicago sent Matt Avery to Washington for southpaw Ryan Buchter according to a report from the Associated Press. Avery was the college roommate of Nationals’ third baseman Ryan Zimmerman.
Avery was 1-1 with a 1.17 ERA in 5 games for the Daytona Cubs last season and was 4-2 with a 4.46 ERA in 32 games for the Tennessee Smokies. Buchter was 2-0 and did not allow an earned run in 4 games in rookie ball before posting a 2-2 record with a 3.26 ERA in 13 games out of the pen for Class-A Hagerstown in 2008.