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OAKLAND , Calif. (AP) — Shawn Kelley was acquired by the Oakland Athletics for international slot money on Sunday from the Nationals, who no longer wanted the reliever after he slammed his glove to the ground and glared into Washington’s dugout during a game.The Nationals also sent cash to the A’s in the swap.He was designated for assignment by Washington on Wednesday, a day after his mound outburst while pitching in the ninth inning of a 25-4 victory over the New York Mets.Kelley entered the game with Washington ahead 25-1. He was working quickly, and the plate umpire warned him to slow down. After the warning Adam Jones Jersey , Kelley gave up a two-run homer, prompting his tantrum.Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo explained the decision to cut ties with Kelley this way: “You’re either in or you’re in the way. I thought he was in the way. That’s something you don’t come back from.”Rizzo called it “a disrespectful act” and “selfish.”Kelley, a 34-year-old righty, was 1-0 with a 3.34 ERA in 35 games for Washington this season.He signed as a free agent with the Nationals in December 2015 and appeared in 135 games with the team.To clear a spot on the 40-man roster , Oakland recalled outfielder Jake Smolinski from Triple-A Nashville and placed him on the 60-day disabled list with a blood clot in his left calf. Superstar free-agent infielder Manny Machado remains unsigned with pitchers and catchers reporting in a few weeks.The San Diego Padres could potentially be in the mix, however, per a Saturday report from Dennis Lin of The Athletic.Sources spoke with Lin who then tweeted that "the Padres have expressed interest in arranging a meeting with [Machado], possibly in Miami. SD would like to get some face time before becoming more involved with the free agent."The 26-year-old had 37 home runs and 107 RBI for the Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers last season.The hot-stove campaign has been unusually frigid this year Chris Davis Jersey , with numerous All-Stars unsigned as spring training rapidly approaches.The interest level for Machado's services seems high at least, with the New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies all hosting him on visits, according to Mike Rosenstein of those three ballclubs looked like the front-runners for Machado's services , Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune wrote on Friday that the Padres were "pursuing the 26-year-old superstar with the intention of playing him at third base."Fancred's Jon Heyman previously tweeted that the Padres were checking in on some other big names such as free-agent outfielder Bryce Harper, so San Diego could be going for it all here, especially with a stacked farm system waiting in the wings.The Padres open the 2019 season on Thursday, March 28 Cal Ripken Jersey , against the San Francisco Giants at home.