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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A’s acquire Stephen Drew

The #Athletics have acquired shortstop Stephen Drew from the #Diamondbacks, the club announced this evening.

sardonic Posted: August 21, 2012 at 12:34 AM | 22 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. shoewizard Posted: August 21, 2012 at 01:04 AM (#4213396)
For Sean Jamieson a 23 yr old in the Midwest League hitting .234 Former 17th round pick.

pro rated Drew is owed roughly 2 million the rest of the season. He has a mutual option for 10 million with a 1.35 million buyout.

So almost certainly money is exchanging hands here, as I can't see the A's absorbing 3.35 million bucks for a guy coming off a serious injury and hitting .193/.290/.311 since he's come back (40 games, 155 PA's)
   2. Al Kaline Trio Posted: August 21, 2012 at 01:20 AM (#4213401)
The final piece!
   3. Al Kaline Trio Posted: August 21, 2012 at 01:23 AM (#4213402)
From BB-ref

A's shortstops so far this season.
.187/.253 /.292 OPS.545

Drew's line is an improvement. How are the A's in contention?
   4. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: August 21, 2012 at 01:30 AM (#4213403)
Drew's line is an improvement. How are the A's in contention?

Their chief weapon is surprise.
   5. valuearbitrageur Posted: August 21, 2012 at 03:58 AM (#4213431)
Kevin Towers has a plan ... to keep his job by being an outstanding budget cutter...
   6. Bourbon Samurai Posted: August 21, 2012 at 09:25 AM (#4213522)
Seems like a good idea. I was a little surprised they didn't make this move at the deadline. Drew could bounceback, and he can't be any worse.
   7. ColonelTom Posted: August 21, 2012 at 09:53 AM (#4213555)
Their chief weapon is surprise.


And ruthless market inefficiencies!
   8. Dale Sams Posted: August 21, 2012 at 10:13 AM (#4213582)
So that's how Aviles cleared waivers. The A's didn't need him.
   9. Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: August 21, 2012 at 10:16 AM (#4213585)
So that's how Aviles cleared waivers. The A's didn't need him.

He cleared waivers? Never mind the A's, about 20 other teams could use him, too.
   10. Danny Posted: August 21, 2012 at 02:14 PM (#4213910)
Yeah, why didn't they claim Aviles? At the least, he's certainly better than Sogard/Rosales.
   11. Al Kaline Trio Posted: August 21, 2012 at 02:41 PM (#4213945)
I think that Melvin might have had something to do with the decision to land Drew since he played for him and was successful. Is Aviles better than Pennington?
   12. Amit Posted: August 21, 2012 at 02:52 PM (#4213960)
So almost certainly money is exchanging hands here, as I can't see the A's absorbing 3.35 million bucks for a guy coming off a serious injury and hitting .193/.290/.311 since he's come back (40 games, 155 PA's)
According to Ken Rosenthal, the A's are paying all of the $3.3M for Drew's salary and next year's option.

https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/237940802276433920
   13. Cowboy Popup Posted: August 21, 2012 at 02:57 PM (#4213966)
Zips projects drew at .256/.320/.422. If all it costs is money, I think it's worth figuring out if Drew can actually hit like that. As Willie Mayspedes points out, they are getting nothing from the position at the moment.

Aviles, who has really sucked since a very hot start, is projected at .255/.301/.422. Rolling the dice on Drew seems to have a bit more upside, even if it is more expensive.
   14. Nasty Nate Posted: August 21, 2012 at 03:08 PM (#4213979)
The option is described as "mutual," can drew exercise it?
   15. JJ1986 Posted: August 21, 2012 at 03:14 PM (#4213983)
The option is described as "mutual," can drew exercise it?


Probably Drew decides first to exercise it then Oakland gets the option of the buyout or paying him.
   16. Danny Posted: August 21, 2012 at 06:33 PM (#4214251)
The A's optioned Jemile Weeks and DFA'd Graham Godfrey to make room for Drew.
   17. The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: August 21, 2012 at 07:11 PM (#4214271)
About time. Weeks has been pathetic most of the year.
   18. Walt Davis Posted: August 21, 2012 at 09:12 PM (#4214346)
Their chief weapon is surprise.

The A's offense is the pointed cushion.

(That joke would have worked better last year or the year before, curse you Josh Reddick and Yeonis Cespedes!)
   19. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: August 21, 2012 at 09:29 PM (#4214361)
Sogard's .181 BABIP is an absurdity. How has he managed that? He seems to be popping up at an extremely high rate.
   20. Justin T's horse was fast as polished steel Posted: August 21, 2012 at 09:30 PM (#4214366)
I'm sure others have said it before, but Joe Morgan on ESPN always used to mention after saying someone was a good fastball hitter, that everyone is a good fastball hitter.

Jemile Weeks is the exception. That guy can not get around on anyone's fastball. I've never seen anything quite like it. And fastballs became just about all he would see, and he still couldn't do it!
   21. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: August 21, 2012 at 09:38 PM (#4214373)
Jemile Weeks is the exception. That guy can not get around on anyone's fastball. I've never seen anything quite like it. And fastballs became just about all he would see, and he still couldn't do it!

Weeks getting optioned out is disappointing. He's a lot of fun as a player, and I hope he gets it turned around. FOR OAKLAND, and not somebody else.
   22. Walt Davis Posted: August 22, 2012 at 03:32 AM (#4214499)
Well, the guys who can't hit fastballs usually don't make the majors and those that do get shipped out early. Weeks' career was kinda going nowhere until that hot 200 PA at AAA in 2011. 267/335/403 as a 23-year-old in AA can't possibly project well. ZiPS however was not fooled and projected him to 267/318/374, 88 OPS+. He's been even worse of course.

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