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A’s Designate Adrian Cardenas For Assignment

Adrian Cardenas: Where's old clubhouse barber Rajai Davis when ya need him?

In order to make room for newly-signed free agent outfielder Jonny Gomes on the roster, the A’s have designated prospect Adrian Cardenas for assignment. The A’s now have ten days to either trade or release Cardenas– unless he clears waivers, in which case the A’s can then send him to the minors.

The San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser tweeted that the A’s are hoping that Cardenas clears waivers so that they can hold on to him by assigning him to Sacramento, just as they recently did with Landon Powell.

Cardenas was considered a top infield prospect when he was acquired by the A’s, along with pitcher Josh Outman and outfielder Matt Spencer, from Philadelphia in exchange for Joe Blanton. The Miami native has a career minor league slash line of .303/.368/.413 and hit .314/.374/.418 in his first full season at AAA last year. But the A’s have had a hard time finding a position they feel is right for Cardenas.

In his first three seasons in the minors,Cardenas served exclusively as a middle infielder, playing all his games at second base and shortstop. In 2009, the A’s started getting him in a few games at third base. Then in the 2010 season, the A’s played him exclusively at second and third and eliminated shortstop from his repertoire altogether. Last season though, the A’s chose to have Cardenas start the majority of his games in left field, with most of the rest of his starts coming at third. Clearly, the A’s have been a bit uncertain about what exactly to do with Mr. Cardenas, whose defensive abilities Baseball America has referred to as “fringy.”

Cardenas is a solid contact hitter who hits for a good average but doesn’t draw an above-average number of walks and hasn’t hit more than five home runs in any of his last four seasons. Combined with his lack of defensive prowess, it’s obvious that the A’s brass have come to view him as a bit of a one-dimensional player. On the other hand, his ability to consistently put the bat on the ball and play a number of different positions (even if he doesn’t impress at any of them), could make him a suitable utility player in the future. And considering that he only turned 24 just a few months ago, one can assume he’s still got a few years of potential improvement ahead of him.

If he remains with the organization, then Cardenas should be the leading second base candidate for the Rivercats in 2012. If he ends up being traded or claimed on waivers though, then Wes Timmons probably steps into that role, with Eric Sogard or Adam Rosales (whichever one doesn’t make the major league roster) likely ending up at shortstop for Sacramento. Some had been hoping that Cardenas would be in the mix for the A’s utility infielder role this season, but now it looks like Cardenas fans will be lucky if he’s still in the organization come opening day of 2012!

 

 

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