On Saturday the Diamonbacks, A’s and Marlins all participated in a very surprising trade. The teams received:
To Oakland: OF Chris Young
Chris Young is a very talented player who’s coming off an injury filled 2012 campaign. He can hit for power and steal bases, but has had lots of problems with strikeouts throughout his career. His .239 career average is definitely something the A’s will look to change.
To the Diamondbacks: IF Cliff Pennington and RP Heath Bell
Heath Bell was a disaster for the Marlins this season. They signed him to a 3 year $27 million dollar contract, and he provided a total of 19 saves with a 5.09 ERA. Those kind of numbers are bad for normal a reliever. But for a guy getting paid $9 million a year, those numbers are absolutely emberassing. The Diamondbacks are taking a chance with Bell, and hoping he can regain his 2010 form and revive an Arizona bullpen that really struggled this past season.
Cliff Pennington also had a very poor 2012. He came into the season as the every day shortstop for A’s, and quickly turned into an every day bench player for those same A’s. Just like with Bell, the Diamondbacks are hoping Cliff will have a turn-around season in 2013.
To the Marlins: IF Yordy Cabrera
Yordy Cabrera is a 22 year old who played for the A’s single A team this past season. A good prospect out of high school, Yordy has been disappointing in his minor league career thus far, with a .230 batting average and only 9 home runs in his entire Single A career.
So Who’s the Winner?
Billy Beane was at it again this weekend as the A’s won this trade by a mile. They gave up a bench player and an underachieving prospect and in return received a proven hitter who will join forces with Céspedes and Josh Reddick in the middle of the A’s lineup.