December 2011

A’s Deal Bailey And Sweeney To Boston For Three Prospects

Josh Reddick keeping tabs on the latest trade rumors

In their continuing efforts to rebuild the team for a potential move into a new stadium in San Jose in the next few years, the A’s have dealt closer Andrew Bailey and outfielder Ryan Sweeney to Boston for three Red Sox prospects.

The A’s will receive versatile 24-year-old outfielder Josh Reddick, who was slated to be Boston’s starting right fielder this season, along with 20-year-old corner infielder Miles Head and 19-year-old starting pitcher Raul Alcantara.

Reddick hit .280 in 87 games for the Red Sox last season while playing all three outfield positions, and slugged 14 homers in just 191 at bats at Triple-A Pawtucket before his call up. Head hit .299 with 22 homers in Class-A last year. And Alcantara has posted a 2.72 ERA in just 26 minor league starts thus far in his career.

Reddick or Collin Cowgill, recently acquired from the Diamondbacks in the Trevor Cahill deal, will start in center field for the A’s this season, with the other likely to end up starting in a corner outfield spot.

Check out all the important coverage of the trade:

The San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser says Reddick will play every day

MLB.com’s Jane Lee reports that the A’s tried to get Alcantara before

MLBTradeRumors.com sums up the trade

Josh Reddick demonstrates his major league skills

Baseball-Reference.com offers up the players’ stats:

Josh Reddick – Majors

Josh Reddick – Minors

Miles Head

Raul Alcantara

A’s Deal Gonzalez To Washington For Four Prospects

The A’s have traded starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez and minor league pitcher Robert Gilliam to Washington for four of the Nationals’ top prospects. With the deal, the A’s will add three talented pitchers along with a power-hitting catcher to their system.

Left-hander Tom Milone had an ERA of 3.32 and struck out 155 in 148 1/3 innings last year at Triple-A Syracuse. Right-hander Brad Peacock had an ERA of 2.39 and struck out 177 in 146 2/3 innings while splitting the season between Triple-A Syracuse and Double-A Harrisburg. 19-year-old hurler A.J. Cole had an ERA of 4.04 and struck out 108 in 89 innings last year at Single-A Hagerstown. And catcher Derek Norris hit 20 homers in his first season at Double-A Harrisburg.

Milone and Peacock will compete for spots in the A’s starting rotation this season.

Check out all the important coverage of the trade:

Baseball Nation analyzes the developments that led to the trade

John Sickels profiles the prospects in the trade

MLBTradeRumors.com sums up the trade

The San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser thinks the A’s got a major haul in the deal

MLB.com’s Jane Lee says that three of the new players are better than most of the A’s current prospects

19-year-old hurler A.J. Cole

Baseball-Reference.com offers up the 4 players’ minor league stats: 

Tom Milone

Brad Peacock

A.J. Cole

Derek Norris

A’s Deal Cahill To Arizona For Three Prospects

The A’s have dealt starter Trevor Cahill and reliever Craig Breslow to Arizona for three Diamondbacks’ prospects, pitcher Jarrod Parker, outfielder Colin Cowgill and reliever Ryan Cook.

Parker is a former first-round pick who had 112 strikeouts in 130 2/3 innings last year at Double-A Mobile. Cowgill hit .354 with 30 stolen bases last year at Triple-A Reno. And Cook had a 2.21 ERA with 19 saves last year between Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Reno.

Parker will compete for a spot in the A’s rotation, Cook will compete for a spot in the bullpen, and Cowgill will be the leading contender for the A’s opening in center field.

Check out all the important coverage of the trade:

Baseball-Reference.com offers up the 3 players’ minor league stats:

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