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BARNSTORMERS MAKE TRADE, SIGN ANOTHER

The Lancaster Barnstormers have made two acquisitions since their Sunday afternoon victory over the Long Island Ducks, it was announced today by manager Ross Peeples.

Peeples signed right-handed pitcher Jesus Liranzo to a free agent contract and traded right-hander Donald Goodson to the Frederick Atlantic League Team in exchange for catcher/first baseman Wilson Garcia.

Both new Barnstormers played for the Rochester Red Wings, the Class AAA affiliate of the Washington Nationals, earlier this season.  Former Lancaster first baseman/DH Matt LeCroy is the Rochester skipper.

Garcia, 29, signed with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2014.  He went on to lead Class A+ Clearwater in doubles (28) and RBI (60) in 2017, before moving to the Baltimore system in 2018.  The native of Venezuela led the Keys with a .295 average, 23 homers and 70 RBI that season.

The switch hitter belted 24 homers and drove in 81 runs to go along with a .295 average for the Senators.  At Rochester, Garcia was batting .256 with three homers and 15 RBI.  He joined Frederick in mid-May and batted .238 in 11 games.  He homered at York on Saturday.

“We are short on position players, and when his name came up, we had to jump on it,” said Peeples.  “He will fit right there in the middle of our order.  We needed another bat, and we hope he can come in and help us.”

Liranzo, 28, signed with Atlanta in 2012 but reached Class AA with the Baltimore system in 2016, spending two seasons at Bowie.  Following an exceptional start as Altoona’s closer in 2018, he was promoted to Class AAA Indianapolis.  The native of the Dominican Republic also split 2019 between Class AA and Class AAA.

Over the last three seasons, Liranzo has made 37 appearances at Class AAA with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers and Washington Nationals organizations.

“Liranzo has a great arm,” said Peeples.  “He is a very experienced guy who came highly recommended to us.  Our plans are to fit him into the back end of our bullpen.” Goodson was in his third season with the Barnstormers.  He made 98 appearances in relief, going 3-3 with a pair of saves and a 5.38 combined