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Tuesday, December 03, 2013

A’s get Craig Gentry from Rangers for Michael Choice

Choice for Gentry… I’m nostalgic for Bloomberg already!

Not afraid to trade within the division the A’s and Rangers have agreed to a deal that sends 30-year-old center fielder Craig Gentry to Oakland and outfield prospect Michael Choice to Texas, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.

Gentry is incredibly fast and a fantastic defensive center fielder with a .280 batting average and .355 on-base percentage in 323 career games, although those totals likely overstate his offensive ability because he’s typically been platooned a lot.

Choice was the 10th overall pick in the 2010 draft, ranked as a consensus top-100 prospect coming into this year, and hit .302 with 14 homers and an .835 OPS in 132 games at Triple-A as a 23-year-old…

UPDATE: Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that the A’s will also get right-hander Josh Lindblom and the Rangers will also get minor league infielder Chris Bostick.

The District Attorney Posted: December 03, 2013 at 03:15 PM | 30 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: athletics, chris bostick, craig gentry, josh lindblom, michael choice, rangers, trades, transactions

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   1. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: December 03, 2013 at 04:42 PM (#4609785)
Choice and Bostick seems like a pretty high price to pay for an admittedly good platoon CF and a generic reliever, especially when they didn't even need a CF. I would have liked to have seen Choice get a shot to fill the role Gentry's going to get. The upside has to be a lot higher.
   2. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: December 03, 2013 at 04:46 PM (#4609789)
It's an odd offseason for Oakland. They spent a lot of money on a high risk high upside pitcher, and then a lot of money and talent for pretty safe bets without a lot of upside in Johnson and Gentry when in the in house options were a lot cheaper and may be nearly as good.
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 03, 2013 at 04:48 PM (#4609792)
A's must be down on Choice and/or think from their own defensive metrics that Gentry is otherworldly. They may not be wrong. But it does seem like an odd deal, especially considering they already had Coco Crisp.
   4. JE (Jason) Posted: December 03, 2013 at 04:49 PM (#4609793)
How did I know that TDA had submitted this post?
How did I know that TDA had submitted this post?
   5. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 03, 2013 at 04:51 PM (#4609797)
Michael Choice went to high school and college in Arlington, Texas. Maybe he threatened to retire from baseball unless they traded him to the Rangers.

Like that guy the Phillies got in the Abreu trade who then refused to play for any organization but the Yankees.
   6. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 03, 2013 at 04:53 PM (#4609801)
How did I know that TDA had submitted this post?

How did I know that TDA had submitted this post?

How did I know that TDA had submitted this post?
   7. AROM Posted: December 03, 2013 at 04:55 PM (#4609803)
A's must be down on Choice and/or think from their own defensive metrics that Gentry is otherworldly.


Or they are looking at John Dewan's publicly available metrics on BBref, and see him with +34 DRS in 1483 career center field innings.
   8. JE (Jason) Posted: December 03, 2013 at 04:55 PM (#4609804)
Ben Lindbergh was just on CC and said he liked this deal for Oakland. He is a big fan of Gentry's defense and baserunning.
   9. The District Attorney Posted: December 03, 2013 at 05:07 PM (#4609811)
Mmm, I actually had a theory as to why it was happening, but this disproves it. Baffling.
   10. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: December 03, 2013 at 05:12 PM (#4609817)
Like that guy the Phillies got in the Abreu trade who then refused to play for any organization but the Yankees.


C.J. Henry.

He doesn't seem to have started playing again even after they traded him back to New York.
   11. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 03, 2013 at 05:16 PM (#4609823)
He doesn't seem to have started playing again even after they traded him back to New York.


He played briefly for the Phillies, but was released and signed with the Yankees. Shortly thereafter, he quit, joined the Memphis Tigers basketball team as a walk on (Yanks were paying tuition). He left there when Coach Cal left for Kentucky and played at Kansas with his brother Xavier.

He played baseball last year in the Frontier League.
   12. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: December 03, 2013 at 05:18 PM (#4609826)
I was mostly making a joke about him not being a very good player. I.e. that the difference between him trying and not-trying was difficult for an outside observer to discern.

I could beat some other jokes to death now, if you'd like.
   13. lonestarball Posted: December 03, 2013 at 05:19 PM (#4609827)
Like that guy the Phillies got in the Abreu trade who then refused to play for any organization but the Yankees.


You may be thinking of Drew Henson, who was going to go back to football after being traded to the Reds in the Neagle deal, until they traded him back to the Yankees.
   14. A triple short of the cycle Posted: December 03, 2013 at 05:24 PM (#4609834)
Sigh. I was excited about Michael Choice and Addison Russell. Then again, I was excited about Michael Taylor and Chris Carter. At least Billy is in WIN NOW mode which is a pleasant change from recent years.
   15. Chone Mueller Posted: December 03, 2013 at 05:27 PM (#4609836)
I wish Billy had made a move for Peter Bourjos. Well, maybe he did try for all I know. I'm surprised the Angels would part with Bourjos for Freese when pitching was a greater need.
   16. Roger McDowell spit on me! Posted: December 03, 2013 at 05:30 PM (#4609839)
I don't like the trade much either, but Coco always gets nicked up and he's not getting any younger - Gentry gives them a legit CF to give Coco a break. Definitely a win now deal - I think they are looking at the end of Cespedes' contract as the time when the window closes, if not sooner because of the number of arb eligible guys coming after 2014.
   17. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 03, 2013 at 05:31 PM (#4609841)
In the last few months, the A's have now traded each of their first round picks from 2008-2010 and gotten back Jim Johnson (for Jemile Weeks), Alberto Callaspo (for Grant Green), and Craig Gentry (for Michael Choice) in return.

Sonny Gray, you are on borrowed time my friend.
   18. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 03, 2013 at 05:35 PM (#4609844)
A's trade OF Seth Smith to the Padres for P Luke Gregerson
   19. SG Posted: December 03, 2013 at 05:37 PM (#4609846)
Doesn't this seem like Oakland is just making trades for the hell of it at this point?
   20. Spivey Posted: December 03, 2013 at 05:38 PM (#4609848)
This saddens me. Gentry was probably my favorite Ranger.

I see no reason why Gentry can't put up some peak Michael Bourn seasons. He's had 700 PAs over the last 3 years and put up an 8.1 bWAR in that time.
   21. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: December 03, 2013 at 05:44 PM (#4609859)
A's trade OF Seth Smith to the Padres for P Luke Gregerson


well, that one I like.
   22. Danny Posted: December 03, 2013 at 06:02 PM (#4609880)
Gentry makes sense given the flyball tendencies of the A's staff and the big OF in Oakland.

The A's allowed flyballs on 40.8% of BIP last year. The Cubs had the second highest FB% in baseball at 36.6%, which was as close to the Diamondbacks (25th highest at 32.4%) as it was to the A's.

Choice may be just as good as a platoon partner for Reddick, but Gentry provides insurance for a fragile and soon-to-be FA Crisp. Choice bounced back somewhat as a prospect this year after a rough 2012, but he hasn't lived up to his power potential since he was in the California League in 2011. It'll suck to see him develop that power elsewhere, but in the short term he looks a lot like Michael Taylor.

Bostick's an interesting prospect and certainly more valuable than Lindblom. Does Lindblom have an option left? At least he's a FB pitcher, I guess.
   23. Roger McDowell spit on me! Posted: December 03, 2013 at 06:11 PM (#4609888)
Moss better keep the OF glove handy - the trade of Smith might also clear a 25 man roster spot for Barton. Sounds like this, along with the Gentry and Punto acquisitions, Billy is going all in on defense, which was a shortcoming of the A's at times last year. And Gregerson is a nice arm...
   24. Davo Dozier Posted: December 03, 2013 at 06:18 PM (#4609896)
So, the A’s today:

LEAVING: Seth Smith, Jemile Weeks, Michael Choice, Chris Bostick.

ARRIVING: Jim Johnson, Luke Gregerson, Craig Gentry, Josh Lindbolm.

And they’ve signed Scott Kazmir to a 2-year, $22MM deal. And they're apparently in talks to trade Brett Anderson to the Blue Jays.
   25. Chokeland Bill Posted: December 03, 2013 at 06:22 PM (#4609898)
Yeah, I was thinking there had to be deals for Anderson and possibly Balfour in the works.
   26. this space for rent Posted: December 03, 2013 at 06:27 PM (#4609906)
I see no reason why Gentry can't put up some peak Michael Bourn seasons. He's had 700 PAs over the last 3 years and put up an 8.1 bWAR in that time.


WAR/PA is a bit misleading for Gentry. On the offensive side, he was platooned a lot, facing about as many lefties as righties over the last 3 years. And his defensive numbers are inflated relative to PA because he was used so often as a defensive replacement -- he's played 1664 defensive innings over the past 3 years, about 20% more than the leader in CF innings in 2013 (Adam Jones).

Adjust for those and regress his defensive stats and you're talking maybe 4 WAR -- which still puts him in Bourn's neighborhood, actually.
   27. Roger McDowell spit on me! Posted: December 03, 2013 at 06:35 PM (#4609912)
Yeah, I was thinking there had to be deals for Anderson and possibly Balfour in the works.

Balfour is a free agent.
   28. Chokeland Bill Posted: December 03, 2013 at 06:42 PM (#4609922)
Yeah, totally forgot what year it was when looking at his BBRef page.
   29. Walt Davis Posted: December 03, 2013 at 07:30 PM (#4609971)
Doesn't this seem like Oakland is just making trades for the hell of it at this point?

Doesn't it seem that way every offseason ... and yet it mostly works.

Seems like a strange trade but there ya go. I wonder if Crisp is on the block. And nobody every mentions it but Beane's always had a bit of a reliever fetish, dating back until at least the Moneyball year when he had like 9 LOOGYs in camp.
   30. jobu Posted: December 04, 2013 at 12:08 AM (#4610208)
I like the moves the A's made. Pitching staff looks potentially great. They seem shy a regular DH, though. Doesn't seem to make sense to play Gentry, one of the catchers, or one of the middle infielders there. Or Barton every day. If they are in fact trading Anderson to the Blue Jays, hope some power is coming back.

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