It’s not even the World Series yet, and the A’s are already making trades.
Oakland acquired outfielder Chris Young from the Arizona Diamondbacks today in exchange for shortstop Cliff Pennington and minor league infielder Yordy Cabrera.
It is a three-team trade that also involves the Florida Marlins, who will send closer Heath Bell and cash to the Diamondbacks for the aforementioned Cabrera.
Young played in 101 games for the Diamondbacks this season, and hit .231 with 14 home runs and 41 RBIs. He has played seven seasons in the majors and was an All-Star in 2010 when he hit .257 with 27 homers. His addition means that the A’s have four starting outfielders, as Coco Crisp, Josh Reddick, and Yoenis Cespedes manned the outfield last season. The speculation is that Crisp will most likely wind up being traded before next season.
Pennington spent five seasons with the A’s, and three of them as an everyday infielder. He began the 2012 season as the starting shortstop, but switched to second base when Stephen Drew was acquired mid-season from the Diamondbacks (who else?). His career batting average with the A’s was just .249, but compensated for that with his terrific defense.
Yordy Cabrera, who will be traded to Arizona then to Florida, was once a highly-touted prospect in the A’s organization. He was drafted in the second round in 2010 by the A’s, but has struggled in the minors, hitting just .230 with nine home runs over three minor league seasons. He spent the 2012 season in Stockton with the A’s single-A affiliate.
All in all, this is just the first of a flurry of moves that GM Billy Beane will make this off-season, as the A’s look to build on their unbelievable 2012 season.