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Tigers acquire lefty Ray from Nats
Southpaw becomes No. 3 Detroit prospect after Fister trade
12/02/2013 10:17 PM ET
Robbie Ray won a career-high 11 games across two levels in 2013.
Robbie Ray won a career-high 11 games across two levels in 2013. (Carl Kline/MiLB.com)

Let's hope the future Mrs. Robbie Ray didn't have her heart set on setting up home in the nation's capital.

The Washington Nationals dealt left-handed pitching prospect Ray to the Detroit Tigers on Monday just five days after he got engaged.

The move came as part of a four-player trade in which the Nats acquired Doug Fister in exchange for infielder Steve Lombardozzi, left-handed reliever Ian Krol and Ray.

Selected by the Nationals in the 12th round of the 2010 Draft out of Brentwood High School in Tennessee, Ray was ranked seventh among Washington prospects.

In MLB.com's updated rankings, Ray became the top left-hander and third overall prospect in the Tigers system.

Ray went 11-5 with a 3.26 ERA across two levels this season, his fourth year of pro ball. He was 6-3 with a 3.11 mark in 16 Carolina League games with Potomac and he posted a 5-2 record in 11 starts for Double-A Harrisburg in the Eastern League.

The 22-year-old set a number of career highs, including wins, complete games (four) and strikeouts (160). He ranked eighth in Washington's system in ERA and he tied for second in wins. His 160 punchouts were the most in the organization, five more than second-place Nathan Karns.

The Nats also moved Lombardozzi, who played 118 games between second base, third base and left field, and 22-year-old Krol, who appeared in 32 games out of the bullpen in his rookie season with Washington this year.

In return, they got 6-foot-8 right-hander Fister, who went 14-9 with a 3.67 ERA in 33 games -- including 32 starts -- with the Tigers in 2013. It marked the third consecutive year that Fister, acquired by the Tigers in July 2011, won double-digit games.

Ashley Marshall is a contributor to MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AshMarshallMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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