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Nationals trade Cole to Yankees for cash

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Nationals traded right-hander A.J. Cole to the Yankees on Monday night in exchange for cash considerations.

Cole, 26, broke camp in Washington's rotation before he was replaced after a few rough outings. He was designated for assignment on Friday.

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Nationals traded right-hander A.J. Cole to the Yankees on Monday night in exchange for cash considerations.

Cole, 26, broke camp in Washington's rotation before he was replaced after a few rough outings. He was designated for assignment on Friday.

Cole spent most of his career as a spot starter for the Nationals, but he never pitched consistently enough to stick in the Majors. In four seasons, Cole posted 5.32 ERA in 110 innings. He made four appearances, including two starts, this season and posted a 13.06 ERA.

Cole was once a highly touted prospect after the Nationals selected him in the fourth round of the 2010 MLB Draft. The club already traded him once in 2011 as part of the deal that landed Gio Gonzalez in Washington. Cole was reunited with the Nats in '13 as part of a three-team trade.

Jamal Collier has covered the Nationals for MLB.com since 2016. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

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