No question the Nats needed to add a regular catcher since it is becoming more likely they will make the postseason for the first time since moving to Washington and with it potentially being the franchise's first postseason appearance since 1981.
Suzuki comes with the baggage of his contract as he is due the balance of his $5 million salary for this season. He makes just over $6.4 million for next season and has an option for over $8.0 million for 2014. He has struggled this season, though, hitting just .218, 1, 18 in 75 games with the A's. He had averaged 14 HR and about 60 RBI over the past three seasons.
Norris is hitting .198 (17-86) with 3 HR and 12 RBI but is clearly the Athletics catcher of the future.